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July 29, 2020

E&E News: New Democrats Pitch Party Leaders on Climate Legislation

by Emma Dumain

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), a leader of the New Democrat Coalition, on Capitol Hill. Francis Chung/E&E News The 104 House members of the New Democrat Coalition want party leaders to schedule votes on climate legislation - specifically, legislation being backed by the centrist contingent. The New Democrat Coalition will today send a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asking them to prioritize, for floor consideration in the coming weeks and … Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

ICYMI: New Dem Leadership Members Outline NDC's Priorities for the Next COVID Package

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) has been working hard to advance the needs of our constituents. The NDC successfully secured several key provisions in the last two major coronavirus response packages - The CARES Act & The Heroes Act - and also helped secure needed flexibility for the Payroll Protection Program. The NDC has pushed for more certainty and predictability in the COVID relief packages so they match the scale of the crisis we are … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

Bloomberg: HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Industry Lobbying Slowed During Pandemic

by Brandon Lee, Alex Ruoff, & Megan R.

Drugmakers and hospital groups slowed their lobbying spending as the coronavirus spread across the U.S., according to the latest federal lobbying disclosures. Both the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association spent less on lobbying in the second quarter of 2020 than they did in same quarter for 2019. The AHA spent $4.3 million from April through June, a decrease from the $4.9 million during the same period the year before. The AMA spent $3.8 million, less than the … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

USA Today: After Trump Meeting, GOP Considers Payroll Tax Cut, Another Stimulus Check in Next COVID Bill

by Christal Hayes

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans may offer another round of stimulus checks and a payroll tax cut - a measure long sought by President Donald Trump - as part of their next coronavirus stimulus proposal as lawmakers begin negotiations for additional relief to counter the pandemic's devastation on health and the economy. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., touted those two provisions after he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met at the White House with Trump … Continue Reading

July 20, 2020

The Wall Street Journal: Republicans Put Down Marker on Next Coronavirus-Aid Bill

by Kristina Peterson, Andrew Restuccia, and Catherine Lucey

WASHINGTON-Republicans on Monday outlined their priorities for the next round of coronavirus aid, calling for legal protections for businesses and money to reopen schools but no new funding for states and cities sought by Democrats, kicking off a sprint to pass legislation by early August. Senate Republicans are expected to unveil their bill later this week at a critical moment in the coronavirus pandemic, with cases increasing in many states and new signs that the economic recovery may be … Continue Reading

July 20, 2020

NBC News: Centrist House Democrats Signal Openness to Higher Deficits to Pass Biden's Plans

by Sahil Kapur

WASHINGTON - The leaders of a group of fiscally conscious House Democrats say the coronavirus crisis has sidelined concerns about the national debt, potentially opening up room for Joe Biden to enact broad programs next year if elected president. "This is an emergency. And getting bogged down in trying to identify offsets is not appropriate in an emergency," Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., the chair of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, told reporters on a conference call Monday. Centrist … Continue Reading

July 20, 2020

McClatchy DC: Unemployed Workers' Extra $600 Benefit Is About to Expire -- But Democrats Have New Plans

by David Lightman

Millions of unemployed California residents are facing a sudden $600 drop in their jobless benefits at the end of the month, but Democratic plans would keep the money coming in as long as the economy remains in turmoil. The proposals, which so far have received virtually no Republican support, would tie the benefits to the state of the economy. The $600 a week, which is added to the state's regular benefit, is a federal program created in March to provide a lifeline to jobless people as the … Continue Reading

May 11, 2020

ICYMI: Automatic Stabilizers in the News

The New Democrat Coalition (NDC) is committed to bold, innovative solutions to help Americans deal with the impacts of coronavirus. The NDC was the first House ideological caucus to publicly release a comprehensive set of recommendations, which included automatic triggers to help end the pandemic and mitigate the severe economic disruptions it has caused. Following House passage of the CARES Act, the NDC Leadership team sent a letter to House Leadership and Committee Chairs urging them to … Continue Reading

April 24, 2020

Bloomberg: What to Know in Washington: Congress Turns to Next Stimulus Bill

by Zachary Sherwood & Brandon Lee

... Democrats Press for Reopening Strategy: Sixty members of the New Democrat coalition are asking House leadership to include policies in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to help communities start to reopen. In a letter to Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the group details proposals on testing, surveillance and contact tracing, Emily Wilkins reports. "Congress must put the measures and standards for a National Recovery Strategy in place now so that widespread, … Continue Reading

April 24, 2020

Bloomberg: Democrats Urge Guidance on Loan Payments Once Forbearance Ends

by Jesse Westbrook

A group of politically centrist House Democrats wants the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and housing regulators to issue guidelines on how borrowers' missed mortgage payments will be handled once the current period of coronavirus-permitted forbearance concludes. The group, known as the New Democrat Coalition, also urges the agencies to create a liquidity facility that will allow "mortgage servicers to fund the payments they must advance to loan owners during the forbearance period," … Continue Reading

April 24, 2020

Bloomberg: HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Congress Braced for Fight Over More Aid

by Brandon Lee & Alex Ruoff

... Democrats Press for Reopening Strategy: Sixty members of the New Democrat coalition are asking House leadership to include policies in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to help communities start to reopen. In a letter to Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the group details proposals on testing, surveillance and contact tracing, Emily WIlkins reports. "Congress must put the measures and standards for a National Recovery Strategy in place now so that widespread, … Continue Reading

April 14, 2020

Roll Call: These Democrats want automatic triggers to keep coronavirus relief flowing

by Lindsey McPherson

A growing number of House Democrats are pushing an idea to provide more certainty to American families and businesses that need help from the federal government to financially weather the coronavirus pandemic. For nearly a month, the New Democrat Coalition has called for automatic stabilizers - a mechanism for keeping government assistance flowing by tying relief programs to economic or timing triggers - to be added to coronavirus relief legislation. "As appropriate, build automatic … Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

E&E News: Moderate Democrats Release Climate Legislative Wish List

by George Cahlink

A group of moderate Democrats is putting the weight of their coalition behind several bills they believe will help the nation reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The House New Democrat Coalition today will formally endorse 11 measures that would address climate change by relying on decarbonization and other approaches for shifting toward a more sustainable economy. The latest proposals build on a climate framework the coalition outlined last August that relied on carbon pricing and other … Continue Reading

February 19, 2020

Democrats Demand Publication of Tariff Report

by Bill Tomson

The Trump administration continues to argue that it can use the threat of auto tariffs as a tool in negotiating trade agreements, but House Democrats are demanding that the Commerce Department report that supposedly justifies the threat be released publicly. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have suggested recently that the threat is actually a bluff and the report itself fails to rationalize the claim that car and car part imports are a national threat - the basis of levying Section 232 … Continue Reading

February 17, 2020

Congressional Democrats Demand Release of Section 232 Report on Automobiles & Auto Parts

by Scott Diamond

In a February 13, 2020 letter to President Donald Trump, members of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a group of Congressional Democrats generally supportive of free trade, demanded that the final Section 232 report on automobiles and auto parts submitted to the president in February 2019 be released. Referencing provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2020 that require the release of the report by January 19, 2020 (see Trump and Trade Update of January 22, 2020), the NDC members … Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Inside U.S. Trade: New Democrat Coalition members accuse Trump of breaking law in withholding Section 232 report on autos

by Inside U.S. Trade Staff

New Democrat Coalition lawmakers on Thursday sent President Trump a letter imploring him to abandon any plans to impose tariffs on auto and auto parts imports and to publish the Commerce Department's report on its Section 232 investigation, saying that withholding it violates two laws. The Commerce Department last year submitted a Section 232 report to the White House, which has since refused to release it. The report found that auto and parts imports put U.S. national security at risk and … Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Law 360: Dems Say Trump Must Release Nat'l Security Tariff Report

by Sarah Martinson

President Donald Trump's failure to turn over to Congress a U.S. Department of Commerce report probing national security risks associated with imported auto parts violates federal laws and threatens foreign relations, nine House Democrats wrote in a letter Thursday.In the letter sent to Trump, members of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of center-leaning Democrats generally amenable to free trade, said Commerce's report that found auto part imports to be a national security threat should … Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Detroit Free Press: House Democrat Group: Auto Tariffs Not Justified on Imports, Urge Trump to Abandon Threat

by Eric D. Lawrence

A group of Democratic U.S. House representatives wants President Donald Trump to release the results of an investigation into imported automobiles and abandon the threat of auto tariffs, which experts warn could add thousands of dollars to new car prices. Nine members of the New Democrat Coalition, in a letter to the president Thursday, said he is abusing his authority by continuing to keep the report secret. The investigation report could be used as the basis for imposing Section 232 … Continue Reading

February 08, 2020

Inside Health Policy: New Dems Endorsed Bills for ACA Improvement Package

by Amy Lotven

The moderate New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of bills that aim to improve the Affordable Care Act and hope the measures, along with a number of others the group previously endorsed, will be included in a health reform package that Democratic leadership hopes to unveil around the 10th anniversary of the ACA this March. "We'll continue to work with Committee and Caucus leadership to move the ball forward on these bills," a New Democrat Coalition spokesperson says. The bills … Continue Reading

January 03, 2020

El Paso Times Newsmaker of 2019: Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Leading Voice on the Border

by Daniel Borunda

First-year U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar rose to become one of the most impactful national voices from the border as El Paso faced a difficult year in 2019. Escobar, who made history as one of the first two Latinas in Congress from Texas, was outspoken against what she saw as dangerous anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies from the Trump administration. She also played a role in the third presidential impeachment in the nation's history. 2019 was a hard year for El Paso, dealing with the arrival … Continue Reading

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