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August 21, 2019

Congressional Startup Day 2019

by New Democrat Coalition

Vice Chair Scott Peters at Wildcat Discovery Technologies in San Diego, CA Startups are an integral component of our nation's robust economy, accounting for nearly two million new jobs last year alone. The entrepreneurs who start them drive innovation and advancement, increase our global competitiveness, and help everyone become more prosperous. Congressional Startup Day, previously known as Startup Day Across America, began in 2013 with former New Dem Vice-Chair Jared Polis, now the … Continue Reading

August 21, 2019

What Makes America Great Is What Makes American Startups Thrive

by Reps. Chrissy Houlahan and Cathy McMorris Rodgers

On Congressional Startup Day, we honor and elevate the entrepreneurs and small businesses that drive our economy Pennsylvania Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, third from left, visits with employees at Berks LaunchBox, a startup based in Reading, Pa. (Courtesy Office of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan) OPINION - Benjamin Franklin once said, "Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes." Our Founding Fathers built the greatest country in the world through harnessing the entrepreneurial … Continue Reading

July 22, 2019

Rep. Derek Kilmer: Disputes among Democrats amount to ‘false divisions’

by Kate Ackley

Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Washington Democrat who chairs the moderate, business-friendly New Democrat Coalition, sought to downplay disputes within his own party, calling them "false divisions within the caucus." On health care, campaign finance, immigration and gun control matters, Democrats are more unified than divided, Kilmer told C-SPAN "Newsmakers" in an interview that airs on July 28, despite recent intraparty conflicts on such matters as the border crisis and legislation to raise the … Continue Reading

July 19, 2019

Benefits of Bipartisanship Evident at Center Forward Discussion

by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It was an early summer afternoon and already the headlines were screaming. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had suffered a "striking" defeat, "capitulating" to Senate Republicans on a plan to send emergency funding to the U.S./Mexico border, "infuriating" a loud and vocal faction in her own party. Almost lost in the race between major media outlets to craft the most incendiary headlines and leads was that the House had just voted, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, to send a … Continue Reading

July 08, 2019

Inside US Trade: New Democrats warn USTR against submitting USMCA implementing bill

by Anshu Siripurapu

New Democrats warn USTR against submitting USMCA implementing bill Members of the New Democrat Coalition on Monday warned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer not to send implementing legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement to Congress until he has addressed Democrats' concerns with the pact. "We think it would be a mistake to put forward implementing legislation without an agreement of Democratic leadership," Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), the coalition chair, told reporters … Continue Reading

July 08, 2019

POLITICO: New Democrats warn Lighthizer - Don’t send USMCA yet

by Sabrina Rodriguez

New Democrats warn Lighthizer: Don't send USMCA yet House lawmakers who are part of the moderate New Democrat Coalition are urging the Trump administration not to submit the so-called implementing bill for the new North American trade pact to Congress without first addressing Democratic concerns with the deal. The 103-member coalition sent a letter to President Donald Trump's trade chief on Monday warning that submitting the implementing bill would be a mistake. The letter added that … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

How the Housing Supply Is (Not) Meeting Demand

by New Democrat Coalition

The high cost of housing is the single biggest squeeze on household budgets and a significant drag on the economy. It is forcing Americans to live on the street, reducing GDP by trillions of dollars, substantially reducing Americans' retirement savings, and undermining growth in a post-recession era. The New Democrat Coalition knows affordable housing is paramount to the economic security of American families. That's why the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Denny … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

The Ecosystem of the Housing Market Today

by New Democrat Coalition

America faces a housing shortage that totals millions of housing units across the country. Home prices and rents are rising faster than wages, and construction is not keeping up with demand. Recently, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Housing Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Denny Heck, Katie Hill and Ben McAdams held a forum with two panels to address various challenges that contribute to America's housing crisis. The first panel included Dr. Corianne Payton Scally, the Principal Research Associate in … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

The Heroes of D-Day Deserve an America That Leads Again

by NDC National Security Task Force Co-Chairs Brad Schneider, Abigail Spanberger, Anthony Brown and Brendan Boyle

World leaders are gathered in Normandy this week to remember the heroes who landed on the beaches of Normandy by sea and air to liberate Western Europe from German occupiers. As Co-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition's National Security Task Force, we are mindful that the heroism and sacrifice America offered at Normandy marked a critical turning point for American leadership around the globe. We also reflect on the fact that the defeat of Nazi Germany was just the beginning for America's … Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

'New Democrats' Outnumber Liberals, But Need Pizazz

by Mort Kondracke

The media, perpetually mesmerized by ideologues and charisma, have virtually anointed radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the future of the Democratic Party. In fact, it should focus on Rep. Derek Kilmer and the House New Democrat Coalition he chairs. The Progressive Caucus, representing ultra-liberals, numbers 95 representatives. But New Democrats number 101, including most of the 40 newcomers who took seats away from Republicans in 2018 and 21 who won in 2016 Trump districts. … Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

New Dems Launch Infrastructure Listening Tour Across America

by New Democrat Coalition

Across the country, our transportation infrastructure is in dire need of modernization. As one of the most immediate ways Americans interact with their government on a daily basis, the health of our roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, and airports is key to serving the public well. In order to grow our economy, keep Americans safe, and build stronger communities, we need to work across the aisle to rebuild, repair, and expand our nation's infrastructure. In building on the Coalition's work from … Continue Reading

February 27, 2019

It Takes a Steel Spine to Stand for Moderate Pragmatism in a Polarized Era

by Rep. Ben McAdams

You might not have heard much about us, but the moderates are in the House. The national headlines may make it appear that the only ideas are those of my colleagues on the far left. But that's not reality. The fact is that moderates delivered the House majority in 2018. More than three-quarters of the Democrats who flipped seats in November are now members of the Blue Dog Coalition, the New Democrat Coalition or both - the moderate wing of the party. These are the people who campaigned on … Continue Reading

February 19, 2019

How to Make Manufacturing Cheaper and More Sustainable

by Rep. Haley Stevens

The future of manufacturing remains the compelling question of the 21st-century economy: How will we continue to innovate, create jobs, and ensure regional economic success - all while meeting the pressing needs of environmental sustainability? This race for the success of the U.S. manufacturing sector comes into heightened focus as raw materials become scarcer and more expensive. Meanwhile, the harmful effects of man-made climate change mean manufacturers must reinvent their craft to minimize … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Bloomberg: Centrist Democrats Tout Practical Fixes, Not Medicare-for-All

Centrist Democrats Tout Practical Fixes, Not Medicare-for-All Moderates want Democrats to support practical health solutions Move signals little support for bipartisan Obamacare fixes By Alex Ruoff | July 26, 2018 9:02AM ET A coalition of centrist House Democrats is urging colleagues to sign onto an Obamacare-repair bill to show voters their party has practical solutions to the issue of rising health insurance premiums. Members of the New Democrat Coalition sent a letter to their … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

DelBene: The US must get back in the game on personal data protection via Financial Times

Financial Times Opinion: The US must get back in the game on personal data protection Unless America steps up with its own rules, GDPR will become the global norm By New Democrat Coalition Vice Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) Long before I was elected to Congress, when I was starting my career in the tech industry, I believed we had boundless opportunities to improve the lives of millions, if not billions, of people. New breakthroughs were being achieved with each passing day. First, … Continue Reading

April 13, 2018

Pro-trade New Democrat Coalition eyes first meeting with Lighthizer

Inside U.S. Trade Pro-trade New Democrat Coalition eyes first meeting with Lighthizer April 11, 2018 Editor's note: This story was updated after initial publication to note that the New Democrat Coalition is seeking a meeting with the U.S. Trade Representative in the coming weeks, not next Wednesday. The New Democrat Coalition, a bloc of pro-trade lawmakers seen as a key source of potential support for new trade deals, is hoping to meet for the first time with U.S. Trade … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

New Democrat Coalition calls for hearings on Section 232 tariff impacts

New Democrat Coalition calls for hearings on Section 232 tariff impacts March 07, 2018 The pro-trade New Democrat Coalition is urging leaders of key House committees to hold hearings on the potential impacts on the United States of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, joining the flock of GOP lawmakers who have argued in opposition to global duties. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) are questioning the “process by which the President’s … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

E&E News: Moderate Dems huddle with White House as outlook dims

Moderate Dems huddle with White House as outlook dims Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter Moderate Democrats want the White House to know they're interested in working on infrastructure, even as the congressional outlook dims for President Trump's plan. Members of the New Democrat Coalition yesterday huddled over lunch with D.J. Gribbin, a special assistant to the president who has been serving as the Trump administration's point person on infrastructure. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), … Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Exclusive: House Democrats introduce new plan to fix Obamacare

by Sarah Kliff

A small group of Democratic legislators will do something unusual Wednesday morning: hold a press conference to talk about the parts of Obamacare that are broken. Ten House Democrats will unveil a new plan to fix Obamacare, highlighting the parts of the law that have struggled to work and offering modest steps to improve them. The proposal includes more funding to help insurance plans cover the sickest patients, along with possibly changing the timing of the open enrollment season in … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Dems ramp up post-Paris messaging, action plans, via E&E News

In the wake of President Trump's announcement that he would pull the U.S. out of the global Paris Climate Agreement, it is, more than ever, up to state and local leaders to address the devastating impact of climate change and keep the country on track to meeting our promises to the world. New Democrat Coalition Leadership Member Scott Peters (CA-52), a former environmental attorney and leader on this issue in both local government and the U.S. House of Representatives, and Phoenix Mayor Greg … Continue Reading

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