Op-Eds

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


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


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


June 12, 2018

New Dems Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month

by New Democrat Coalition

America was built by immigrants, seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Every day, all over the country, immigrants are growing businesses, innovating, strengthening our economy, and creating American jobs. Unfortunately their contributions to our nation are too often overlooked and undervalued. New Democrat Coalition Members are proud to come together to celebrate immigrants, especially during Immigrant Heritage Month. Most Americans have immigrant … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

New Democrat Coalition Lays Out New Economic Opportunity Agenda: A Future that Works

by New Democrat Coalition

New Democrat Coalition announces policy priorities that will help make sure our workers are prepared for the jobs of the future Today, the New Democrat Coalition announced the Economic Opportunity Agenda: A Future that Works, which lays out policy priorities that will help make sure our workers are prepared for the jobs of the future. The report announced today, Closing the Skills and Opportunity Gaps, is the first in a series focused on expanding opportunities in the changing … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

On Anniversary of the House Passing Republican’s Health Care Repeal Bill, New Dems Highlight Efforts to Improve ACA

by New Democrat Coalition

Today is the one-year anniversary of House Republicans passing a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and jeopardize millions of American's health care. The New Democrat Coalition strongly opposed any effort to repeal the ACA. Instead, we remain committed to working to improve the ACA in a bipartisan way to lower costs, expand access and address the kitchen table anxieties families across the political spectrum experience. On May 4, 2017 the Republican health care repeal legislation … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

New Democrat Coalition: 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

by New Democrat Coalition

2017 has been a year unlike any in recent political history. His inaugural address notwithstanding, we hoped that President Trump would bring the country together behind shared priorities such as increased infrastructure investment, bipartisan tax reform, and lowering the costs of healthcare. Instead, Republicans took a much more divisive approach and pursued a go-it-alone strategy. I remain concerned about the direction of the country, but as we conclude 2017, I am excited by the work of the … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

New Democrats Urge Investment in Apprenticeship and Training Programs

by New Democrat Coalition

Our economy is changing, and we must prepare our current and future workforce for the jobs of the 21st century. Members of the New Democrat Coalition have long-focused on job growth and workforce development, and this week many came together to recognize the importance of investing in apprenticeships and other training programs. To celebrate, Rep. Kathleen Rice reintroduced a resolution supporting the designation of this week as "National Apprenticeship Week" to recognize the important role … Continue Reading


August 28, 2017

New Democrats Fight to Expand Economic Opportunity to All Hard-Working American Families

by New Democrat Coalition

#NewDem Chair Jim Himes delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week's address, Rep. Himes highlighted New Democrats' fight to expand economic opportunity to all hard-working American families. "Today, we are distracted by a Tweeter-in-Chief who deepens our divisions, sows seeds of discord and fans the flames of violence. Our country needs and deserves leaders who will encourage us to be our better selves and who will champion the ideas that we know are good for our nation. These are … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

How Congress Can Help Americans Succeed in the Economy of the Future

by New Democrat Coalition

Today some Americans struggle to find jobs despite employers reporting millions of open positions. In certain sectors, the skills pipeline needs modernizing to give everyone opportunities to succeed in the changing economy. Federal policy needs to catch up with the changes in our workforce in the 21st century economy to ensure that Americans can succeed. It will take coordinated action as a country, both in the public and private sector, to meet that challenge. To better understand the … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

New Dems Celebrate Startups Across America

by New Democrat Coalition

Our country's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy. Startups are behind the technologies and services now a part of the daily lives of many Americans. And these companies no longer exist solely within Silicon Valley, so New Democrat Coalition Members across the nation are exploring and learning about the startups in their own districts. Starting in 2013, New Dem Vice-Chair Rep. Jared Polis launched the bipartisan and … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Portable Benefits in the 21st Century Workplace

by New Democrat Coalition

The rapid acceleration of technology, social changes, and flexibility in the work place - especially among millennials - has created new challenges in public policy. The conventional model as we know it is changing. Many Americans no longer hold the same job for several decades and, along with that, do not have access to employer-sponsored health or retirement benefits. As New Democrats, we care deeply about benefits for all workers, regardless of their employment status, and how they put … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

New Dems Tackle the Future of Work

by New Democrat Coalition

What can the history of economic change tell us about our future? How will automation and robots affect jobs? The New Democrat Coalition in the U.S. House of Representatives is taking steps to address these questions about the future of work, so we can make sure all Americans are prepared to succeed. New Democrats believe that innovation has yielded immense benefits to all Americans in their everyday lives; however, Americans are increasingly concerned about how the economy is changing and … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Rep. Jim Himes Urges Bipartisanship on Infrastructure

by New Democrat Coalition

"In an alternate reality, we might have had a President who tried to bind us together after a divisive election through a bold plan to rebuild and repair our nation's transportation infrastructure. Sadly, that was not the case. But, there is still time to get this work done on behalf of the American people in a bipartisan way." - Rep. Jim Himes, Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Rep. Jim Himes, Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, spoke about the importance of infrastructure on the … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Rep. Jim Himes Urges Bipartisanship on Infrastructure

by New Democrat Coalition

"In an alternate reality, we might have had a President who tried to bind us together after a divisive election through a bold plan to rebuild and repair our nation's transportation infrastructure. Sadly, that was not the case. But, there is still time to get this work done on behalf of the American people in a bipartisan way." - Rep. Jim Himes, Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Rep. Jim Himes, Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, spoke about the importance of infrastructure on the … Continue Reading


May 05, 2017

New Democrat Coalition Speaks Out Against the GOP Health Care Bill

by New Democrat Coalition

The New Democrat Coalition Members, including several Members on the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees, spoke out against the health care bill House Republicans passed that is dead on arrival in the Senate. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Ron Kind, and Terri Sewell sit on the Ways and Means Committee and Reps. Tony Cardenas, Eliot Engel, Scott Peters, and Kurt Schrader sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee. "Ibelieve that we are not a cruel country - that we are fundamentally generous … Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Unlike Their Republican Colleagues, New Democrats Have Been Listening to Their Constituents

by New Democrat Coalition

From San Diego to Florida and in over 60 districts in between, New Democrats have packed school gyms and churches to listen to their constituents. Since January, New Democrats have spoken with impassioned crowds that have expressed their concerns about the uncertainty of affordable health care coverage. President Trump and Congressional Republicans have taken steps toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act, even after the New Democrat Coalition sent letters urging Trump and Republicans to … Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

New Democrat Coalition Speaks Out Against the GOP AHCA Bill

by New Democrat Coalition

The New Democrat Coalition Members, including several Members on the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees, spoke out against the fiscally irresponsible GOP American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill. The long-awaited Republican health care plan means less coverage, fewer protections and higher costs for Americans. House Republicans are trying to force Members to vote on their bill without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score. Congress has relied on the CBO for decades to provide a … Continue Reading


February 10, 2017

New Democrats Respond to President Trump’s Refugee Executive Order

by New Democrat Coalition

Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that President Trump's Executive Order on immigration is unconstitutional and upheld the stay on the President's immigration ban. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for American values, national security and common sense. "The opinion of every national security and intelligence expert I have spoken as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is that this ban … Continue Reading

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