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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

August 07, 2019

E&E News: Moderate House Dems unveil 'market-based' emissions plan

CLIMATE Moderate House Dems unveil 'market-based' emissions plan George Cahlink, E&E News reporter Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 A coalition of moderate Democrats is backing a climate plan that could draw interest from the business community for relying on carbon pricing and other market-based approaches to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The House's New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of about 100 centrist Democrats, released its principles today for addressing climate change, … 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 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

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

May 09, 2018

Working Together on a Permanent Legislative Solution for Dreamers

by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04)

Washington is broken. That's not a campaign slogan or hyper-partisan rhetoric, that is a fact. While gridlock plagues our system of governance, there are rare occasions when our elected officials rise above the partisan gamesmanship and decide to take bold action. There are issues that shake Congress out of complacency and require urgent collaboration. Providing a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers is one of those issues. That's why our bipartisan coalition has rallied around the … 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

December 18, 2017

GOP Tax Reform Plan is Fatally Flawed

by Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06)

We desperately need tax reform, but the tax bill Congress is debating isn't for us. If you're in the middle class, this isn't for you. The non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates the bill the Senate passed would raise taxes on 78 million middle-class families over the next decade. If you care about the nation's debt, this bill isn't for you. It creates more than $1 trillion in new debt. That's a bad deal for our kids, who are the ones who will be stuck with the check. It's especially steep … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Safeguarding Our Economy and Our Future

by Reps. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Kathleen Rice (NY-04), and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)

Recent high-profile cyber incidents including the Russian interference in the 2016 election, the breach at Equifax that compromised the personally identifiable information (PII) of 145.5 million people, email database breaches, and the rise of Ransomware have shown the very real consequences of cyber threats. Technology touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives for the better, but cyber threats have evolved alongside new innovations. It's time to do more to secure our nation, families and … Continue Reading

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

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