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April 09, 2021

ICYMI: NDC Vice Chair Ami Bera Joins PPI Podcast to Discuss Health Care During Public Health Week

In case you missed it: In honor of National Public Health Week, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Vice Chair for Outreach Ami Bera M.D. joined the Progressive Policy Institute's (PPI) Radically Pragmatic Podcast. Rep. Bera, a practicing physician, discussed the critical funding provisions in the American Rescue Plan and the state of health care after the COVID-19 pandemic with PPI's Director of Health Care, Arielle Kane. The NDC, which has long advocated for driving down the costs of health care … Continue Reading


March 26, 2021

ICYMI: NDC Launches Immigration Task Force, Announces Endorsement of Two Key Immigration Reform Bills

In case you missed it: The New Democrat Coalition (NDC) launched its Immigration Task Force co-chaired by Reps. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Greg Stanton (AZ-09). In its first action of the 117th Congress, the NDC Immigration Task Force Co-Chairs along with NDC Leadership Representative Kathy Manning (NC-06) announced the Coalition's endorsement of two key immigration reform bills: H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The NDC … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Santa Maria Sun: Carbajal Co-Chairs the Recently Launched New Dem Immigration Task Force

by Karen Garcia

The New Democrat Coalition made up of more than 100 Democratic legislators who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies, virtually launched the New Dem Immigration Task Force on March 11. The task force, co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), is a commitment to building a fair and inclusive immigration system that reflects "American values as a nation of immigrants." U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton (D-Arizona) hosted the virtual … Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Santa Barbara News-Press: Task Force, Carbajal Endorse Immigration Reform

by Grayce McCormick

The New Democrat Coalition Task Force, which is co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, held a Zoom press conference Thursday to endorse two new immigration reform bills reintroduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Dream and Promise Act of 2021 would: grant Dreamers conditional permanent resident status for 10 years if they meet certain requirements such as being 18 years old or younger when they entered; grant individuals who have had temporary protected status or … Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Santa Barbara Independent: Carbajal, New Dems Coalition Endorse Immigration Reform

by Delaney Smith

Democrat Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara's representative in Congress, endorsed two pieces of immigration reform legislation Thursday. Carbajal endorsed the bills as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Task Force, a group of 94 Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies. Carbajal's coalition endorsed the Dream and Promise Act, which will provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

ICYMI: NDC Chair DelBene, NDC Rep. Strickland Join NewDEAL Leaders to Discuss COVID-19 Relief for Communities

New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and NDC Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) joined New DEAL Leaders Mayor Cassie Franklin (Everett, WA), Senator Marko Liias (Majority Floor Leader, D-Lynnwood), and NewDEAL Communications and Policy Director, Jonathon Dworkin, to discuss the NDC's role in advancing critical state, local, and tribal funding in the American Rescue Plan to support the local and national response to COVID-19. NDC Chair DelBene addressed the urgent need to pass … Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

ICYMI: NDC Chair Suzan DelBene Joins PPI Podcast with President Will Marshall

New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) President Will Marshall's podcast to discuss her leadership of the Coalition, the NDC's 100 Day Agenda, and the urgent need to pass relief for the American people. NDC Chair DelBene spoke on the NDC's 100 Day Agenda: "We recently released our 100 Day Agenda and put four key pillars in place that are driving our work. One is ending the pandemic and getting people back to work. One is modernizing … Continue Reading


January 29, 2021

ICYMI: Politico Morning Trade: New Dems' Trade Agenda

by Steven Overly

The New Democrat Coalition (NDC) released its First 100 Day Agenda to take actionable steps to end the pandemic, create jobs, and solve the challenges of the 21st century. The NDC will fight for durable progress on our nation's most pressing issues, including ending the pandemic, spurring equitable economic growth and opportunities, tackling climate change, modernizing our infrastructure, protecting and expanding affordable health care, restoring global leadership, defending our democracy, and … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

E&E News: Centrist Democrats Endorse Six More Climate Bills

by Emma Dumain

The centrist New Democrat Coalition is adding six more bills to its slate of endorsed proposals to combat and respond to climate change. There's little chance that any of these measures will move by themselves before the year's end, with the legislative calendar rapidly closing amid the November elections. And while elements of some of these proposals have already been incorporated into the massive energy package the House is expected to pass later today, the underlying bill is being opposed … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

ICYMI: The New York Times: No, the Democrats Haven't Gone Over the Edge

The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), chaired by Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), is the largest ideological House Democratic caucus at 104 Members strong. With 42 freshman, New Dem Members are the majority makers in the 116th Congress. The NDC are forward-thinking Democrats committed to identifying pragmatic, pro-growth, and innovative policy solutions to the challenges we face as nation. As reported by David Brooks at The New York Times: "You've probably heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but you … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

The New York Times: No, the Democrats Haven’t Gone Over the Edge

by David Brooks

Credit...Susan Walsh/Associated Press You've probably heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but you may not have heard of Derek Kilmer. Kilmer grew up in a timber region in Washington State that had seen many of its logging jobs disappear. First at Princeton, then getting a Ph.D. at Oxford, he studied how towns recover from deindustrialization. He went back home to help his community recover economically and now represents that community in Congress. Kilmer is the chairman of the largest … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Politico: Dems Seize On Reports of Political Interference at HHS

by Melanie Zanona

... Leaders of the centrist New Democrat Coalition emphasized yesterday that they want to vote on additional relief measures before the October recess, making it fresh on voters' minds. The House last passed a massive coronavirus package back in May. "We've asked both Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer to come and give us an update," Rep. Derek Kilmer, chairman of the coalition, told reporters. "We want a deal that's on a robust, comprehensive package. And barring that, we'd like the House to … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Roll Call: House Democrats Worry Last Legislative Message Before Election Lacks COVID Relief

by Lindsey McPherson

With only 11 legislative days scheduled before the November election, House Democrats are fretting about the possibility of going home to voters without any additional COVID-19 assistance enacted into law. The concerns are more about wanting to get aid into the pockets of struggling Americans as soon as possible than the optics of not securing relief before voters head to the polls, but the latter is starting to weigh on some members as hopes of a bipartisan deal have faded over the past … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

ICYMI: NDC Leadership Members Continue Efforts for a COVID-19 Package Amidst Lapses in Federal Relief

Since the onset of the pandemic, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) has been fighting to ensure American families, students, workers, small businesses, employers, health care providers, and communities have the resources and assistance they need in these difficult times. The House took action four months ago to ensure that critical assistance would continue and rise to meet the severe economic and public health crises. Americans are hurting right now, and it's time for Republicans to come to the … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Wall Street Journal: Pelosi Says House Should Remain in Session Until Coronavirus Stimulus Deal Is Reached

by Natalie Andrews and Kristina Peterson

WASHINGTON-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber should remain in session until lawmakers can strike a bipartisan agreement on new coronavirus relief, but she indicated she wasn't willing to dramatically scale back Democrats' current offer, leaving unclear how Congress would be able to break the partisan impasse. "We have to stay here until we have a bill," the California Democrat told her caucus on a call, according to a senior aide. There is no vote on coronavirus-related aid … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Bloomberg: What to Know in Washington: House Moderates Plan Stimulus Bill

by Zachary Sherwood & Brandon Lee

A 50-member group of House Democrats and Republicans will release a $1.52 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan today in a long-shot attempt to break a months-long deadlock on providing relief to the pandemic-battered U.S. economy. The Problem Solvers Caucus plan, to be announced at an 11 a.m. news conference, has been developed for weeks with the knowledge of the White House and leadership from both parties, according to House aides. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has referred to the … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

The Hill: Pelosi Digs In as Pressure Builds for COVID-19 Deal

by Mike Lillis and Scott Wong

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is standing firm on Democrats' demands for broad COVID-19 relief, shrugging off mounting pressure from Senate Republicans and a small but vocal group of moderate lawmakers in her caucus to pass a slimmer bill. Her strategy carries risks, just weeks before Election Day, if voters deem House Democrats to be the main obstacle to another round of coronavirus aid, particularly after Senate Republicans mustered 52 votes in favor of their … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

ICYMI: New Democrat Coalition Members Lead Effort on Unemployment Insurance, Automatic Stabilizers

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis is unprecedented and has created immense uncertainty. Last month, the federal pandemic unemployment compensation, which has been a lifeline for 30 million Americans, lapsed. House Democrats saw this deadline coming and passed an extension of the $600 weekly assistance months in advance. Yet Republicans waited until after the emergency unemployment compensation expired to even present their opening bid. That's why the New Democrat Coalition … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Bloomberg: Post Office Fight May Clear Way to Restart Stimulus Negotiations

by Erik Wasson and Saleha Mohsin

The political fight over the post office may create an opening for resuming stalled negotiations on a virus relief bill as Democratic and Republican leaders hint at potential compromises and lawmakers agitate for action. President Donald Trump's spokeswoman said Wednesday that the administration was willing to look at $25 billion in additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service. That's the amount Democrats put in their original stimulus plan and are including in post office legislation they … Continue Reading


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

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