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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: 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 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 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

October 18, 2019

TIME: Moderate Democrats Back 4 Bills Aimed at Making Housing More Affordable

by Abby Vesoulis

Millions of Americans find themselves in a "Catch-22" when it comes to being able to afford the most basic of needs-a roof over their heads. A group of moderate Congressional Democrats, is endorsing four bills to address affordable housing on Friday, the group, New Democrat Coalition (NDC), tells TIME. "Access to safe and affordable housing is essential to our quality of life. Unfortunately, housing prices continue to rise and middle-class families are being pushed out of the market," … Continue Reading

October 15, 2019

The Hill: Moderate Democratic Lawmakers Back Privacy Bill Favored by Businesses

by Chris Mills Rodrigo

© Greg Nash A group of centrist Democrats on Tuesday endorsed a privacy bill sponsored by one of their ranking members, which has received the support of many technology businesses. The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act is sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), a vice chairwoman for the New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate Democrats who describe themselves as being committed to "pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally … Continue Reading

October 15, 2019

POLITICO: DelBene Privacy Bill Gets Major Endorsement

by Alexandra S. Levine

QUICK FIX *** - First in MT: The New Democrat Coalition is endorsing Rep. Suzan DelBene's online privacy bill, lending the measure the support of House Democrats' largest caucus. *** TECH OF THE TOWN *** FIRST IN MT: DELBENE PRIVACY BILL GETS MAJOR ENDORSEMENT - The New Democrat Coalition today is endorsing DelBene's (D-Wash.) online privacy bill, The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act, H.R. 2013 (116), lending the measure the support of House Democrats' … Continue Reading

October 15, 2019

Bloomberg: Centrist Democratic Lawmakers Back Pro-Business Privacy Law

by Ben Brody

A group of more than 100 centrist Democratic House lawmakers is throwing its weight behind a privacy bill that has been praised by alliancs of software and internet giants. The move is one of the first large-scale endorsements of a privacy bill in Congress. Separate efforts by Democrats in the House and Senate this year to write even stricter data regulations have produced few results. The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday plans to announce its endorsement of legislation proposed by … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

The Guardian: Moderate Democrats' Climate Proposal Highlights Rifts with Progressives

by Emily Holden

Moderate congressional Democrats worried about the infeasibility of passing the kind of sweeping climate legislation their progressive counterparts are proposing, such as the Green New Deal, are laying out their own policies. The New Democrat Coalition released an 11-page outline of principles on Wednesday, along with a list of bills to back them up, advocating for incremental and "pro-market" steps to cut pollution. Their pitch comes as the Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg visits … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

Bloomberg Law: Centrist House Democrats Call For Bipartisan Climate Approach

Centrist House Democrats Call For Bipartisan Climate Approach New Democrat Coalition advocates nuclear, carbon capture Proposal falls short for left-leaning environmentalists By Tiffany Stecker | September 18, 2019 3:32PM ET A coalition of centrist House Democrats are seeking for greater bipartisanship in the climate debate, as Republicans question whether the majority's proposals will achieve reasonable results and left-leaning groups criticize the approach as too … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

POLITICO: Moderate Democrats back 12 bills to combat climate change

Moderate Democrats back 12 bills to combat climate change BY ANTHONY ADRAGNA 09/18/2019 01:59 PM EDT The New Democrat Coalition, a group of 103 moderate House lawmakers, endorsed 12 measures aimed at combating climate change that range from establishing a federal clean energy standard, H.R. 2597 (116), to boosting carbon capture and sequestration technologies, H.R. 1166 (116). "We're advancing answers to this crisis by endorsing principles but also concrete legislation," said Rep. … Continue Reading

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