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October 05, 2017

Preparing Americans For The Workforce of Tomorrow, Today

by Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04) and Bill Foster (IL-11)

The concept of work looms large in the American imagination. Whether it was the workers who laid the first railroad tracks or took shifts at our first factories, workers transformed the American economy into the envy of the world. Work provides a paycheck, status and dignity. In the 21st century, technology and globalization have forever changed the workplace and the social contract. Unfortunately, the laws and traditions that help workers have not. Work is changing faster than ever. In the … Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Democrats and Republicans Now Have a Chance to Work Together to Improve the ACA

by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04)

This week, Republicans once again threatened to rip away the promise of affordable quality health care for American families. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment was irresponsible, harmful and the wrong approach to solving the issue at hand. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for bipartisan cooperation to improve the Affordable Care Act. In recent months, Democratic energy has been intensely focused on opposing the almost fanatical efforts to tear down the Affordable Care … Continue Reading

September 25, 2017

We Must Work Across Party Lines to Restore Investment in NIH

by Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)

Some issues aren't partisan. Whether you're a Republican, Democrat, independent or anything in between, your family and friends have been touched by disease. That is why the Tuesday Group, a caucus of moderate House Republicans, and the New Democrat Coalition, a coalition of moderate House Democrats, are working together to support funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is America's medical research agency and the largest funder of biomedical research in the world. But … 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

April 29, 2017

What Moderate Lawmakers Like Us Hope to Do in the Next 100 Days

by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04)

Jim Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut, is chair of the New Democrat Coalition in the House. Charlie Dent, a Republican from Pennsylvania, is co-chair of the House's Tuesday Group. On this 100th day of the Trump administration, partisan prisms will predictably provide audiences with radically different images: One side will paint a picture of a strong and decisive administration "Making America Great Again," another of a flip-flopping and divisive group of neophytes who aren't up to the … Continue Reading

March 01, 2017

The New Democrat Coalition’s Take on the Road Ahead

by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04)

The Democratic Party is as far out of power as it has been for generations. The Republican Party suffered a takeover by a brash New Yorker now tweeting his way through an unsuccessful Presidential roll out. Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are finding themselves restrained by the challenges of actually governing. It turns out that repealing the Affordable Care Act, quickly balancing the budget and tearing up the Iran deal are all harder, and less wise, than promised. Several … Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

Vox: Moderate Dems send letter pleading with Trump: “we implore you to begin focusing”

Today the New Democrat Coalition Leadership team sent a letter to President Trump urging him to do his job so Congressional lawmakers can start doing theirs. Jeff Stein, Congressional Reporter at Vox, notes that New Democrats are usually the most eager to work with Republicans but warn that President Trump is becoming impossible to work with. Moderate Dems send letter pleading with Trump: “we implore you to begin focusing” Updated by Jeff Stein Feb 28, 2017, 9:50am EST Nine of … Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

New Democrat Coalition likely to push for multilateral approach to trade via Inside Trade

New Democrat Coalition likely to push for multilateral approach to trade Reps. Rick Larsen (DWA) and Gregory Meeks (DNY), cochairs of the moderate New Democrat Coalition's new task force on trade issues, told Inside U.S. Trade that a trade agenda for the coalition is in the works and stressed the group's support for a multilateral approach to agreements, which has been disdained by the Trump administration. “I still am a firm believer in multilateral trade deals. I think it's significant … Continue Reading

February 02, 2017

Roll Call: New Democrats want a piece of the policy pie

New Democrat Coalition Vice-Chair for Policy Derem Kilmer (WA-06) discusses the launch of seven new policy task forces with Roll Call's Lindsey McPherson. Read more about the Coalition's charge for the Task Forces. The full piece can be found … Continue Reading

January 27, 2017

Rep. DelBene Urges Research Funding for Breakthroughs

Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), a biopharma executive-turned-lawmaker, pushes for more federal research funds. Recently named to the House Ways and Means Committee, DelBene said her priorities include the repeal of taxes on medical devices, as well as a reduction in taxes on small businesses. She also plans to fight against attempts to repeal of the Affordable Care Act and oppose efforts to privatize Medicare. DelBene has also been a leading advocate of increased federal funding for the National … Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Where I’ll Draw the Line in Trump Years

by Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)

I am hardly alone in my apprehension about what a Donald Trumppresidency means for the State of our Union. As we enter this new era, San Diegans should know that despite my grave concerns, I remain committed to solving problems and fixing a broken Washington, D.C. I will continue to work with anyone who has a good idea, regardless of political party or title, in order to create a more prosperous future - and a government that works - for all Americans. So if President Trump and Republicans … Continue Reading

January 20, 2017

New Dems Take a Stand Against Growing Budget Deficits

Ben Weyl, Budget & Appropriations Brief Editor for POLITICO Pro, highlights the fiscally responsible New Democrats and the House Budget vote. Many New Democrat Coalition Members voted against the Yarmuth Amendment as well as the GOP-proposed budget. The New Democrat Coalition mention can be found below and you can read the full piece here. Trump era begins with 'Buy American' vow By BEN WEYL 01/20/17 04:10 PM EST HOUSE BUDGET DEMOCRATIC DIVISIONS — Democrats were united last … Continue Reading

December 19, 2016

Shaping Rules of Globalization Rather Than Allowing It to Be Done to Us

by Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03)

One thing people made abundantly clear during the election this year is that far too many hard working people are not feeling the positive effects of the economic recovery. That needs to change. The current economy is not the one I grew up in and certainly not the one my grandchildren will grow up in. We need to help lead for the economy of the future, not the economy of fifty years ago. We need to do more now to prepare future generations of Americans to be full participants in this global … Continue Reading

December 08, 2016

21st Century Cures and the Fight to Address Addiction

by Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02)

If you travel throughout New Hampshire and meet with families, community leaders, law enforcement and treatment providers, you'll see just how personal the opioid epidemic is to our state. In the last two years alone, nearly 1,000 Granite Staters have died from overdoses, and the lives of many more were devastated. Virtually no one in our state is untouched by this crisis. The gravity of this situation cannot be overstated, which is why I have worked cooperatively with my colleagues - … Continue Reading

October 19, 2016

Winning the Future

by Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03)

New Democrat Coalition Chairman Ron Kind (WI-03) was featured in the 2017 Game Changer Booklet by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He touts the New Democrat Coalition's American Prosperity Agenda: Winning the Future as the legislative roadmap for our country to grow and prosper in the changing 21st century economy. He writes: "The New Democrat Coalition is committed to seeking pragmatic solutions to help hard-working Americans compete in the increasingly globalized economy and ensure our … Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

‘New Dems’ Outline Higher Ed Agenda

Michael Stratford, Education Reporter for POLITICO Pro, speaks with New Dem Vice-Chair Rep. Polis about the New Dem Higher Education Priorities, released September 15th, 2016. Read more below: 'NEW DEMS' OUTLINE HIGHER ED AGENDA: A group of moderate House Democrats today are releasing their priorities for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. The three-page education agenda from the "New Democrat Coalition" calls for increasing Pell Grants, promoting dual enrollment programs, and … Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

POLITICO: New Democrats Out with Higher Education Priorities

Heather Caygle, Congressional Reporter at POLITICO, provides a first look at the recently released Higher Education Priorities unveiled by the New Dems. Read more below: NEW THIS MORNING- The New Democrat Coalition is out with its list of higher education priorities, including plans to reduce student loan debt and increase opportunities for veterans and first generation college students. The New Dems also want to address sexual assault on campus and push more women and people of color into … Continue Reading

September 14, 2016

Reps. Bera and Polis on How to Make Education Affordable and Accessible

New Dem Reps. Jared Polis (CO-02) and Ami Bera (CA-07) authored an op-ed about the need to make higher education more accessible and affordable for all Americans. They recognize education as the great equalizer and foundation of our economy and outline policies ideas to ensure success for future generations. Reps. Polis and Bera share their perspective on strengthening education to arm Americans with the tools they need to be successful in today's economy: "As members of the New … Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

CQ Roll Call: Democratic Coalition Unveils New National Security Principles

The New Democrat Coalition released National Security Principles for a tough and smart national security strategy that secures our homeland and protects our values. Ryan Lucas, intelligence and national security reporter for CQ Roll Call, gives a first look at the principles. Read more below: Democratic Coalition Unveils New National Security Principles By Ryan Lucas, CQ Roll Call The New Democrat Coalition released on Monday a set of national security principles that call for … Continue Reading

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