Op-Eds

October 31, 2022

Democrats are Better for our Country and Economy

by NDC Chair Suzan DelBene

"As voters head to the polls next Tuesday, they'll look at what Congress has accomplished, andthe economy will be top of mind. Republicans often claim their party is better for the economy, but if we look at what Democratic majorities have done in just two short years - including recently passing the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS and Science Act - it's clear the Democratic party is the one setting our country and economy up for long-term success. In fact, history has shown that … Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Meet the New Dems - the Moderate Members Defending Our Democracy

by NDC Chair Suzan DelBene

Over the last 25 years, polarization, extremism, and support for political violence have drastically increased in the U.S., while trust in government and democratic institutions has eroded. These troubling trends led to President Trump's 2016 election and the deadly January 6 insurrection. And today, far-right forces are campaigning on the Big Lie, with at least 57 insurrectionists running for office across the country as of January 2022. The threat to our democracy is real, and the stakes … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

Congress must pass an innovation bill to fight inflation, boost national security

by Reps. Mikie Sherrill and Jim Himes

Reps. Jim Himes and Mikie Sherrill are Democrats from Connecticut and New Jersey, respectively, and members of the New Democrat Coalition. The U.S. economy is rebounding from Covid, showing strength and resiliency, but real economic challenges remain. Due to the global pandemic and weak supply chains for critical goods like microchips and semiconductors, American consumers are feeling the stress of inflation at the supermarket and used car lots. The good news is that Congress is working … Continue Reading


February 02, 2022

American Competitiveness Legislation is the Key to Tackling Today’s Economic Challenges, Creating Tomorrow’s Opportunities

by NDC Chair Suzan DelBene

Under the leadership of President Biden and Democratic majorities in Congress, our economy is roaring. In the last year, the unemployment rate has dropped to a record 3.9%, 6.4 million jobs have been created, wages have increased, child poverty has decreased, and America is leading the world in a strong recovery - a Biden Boom! But despite this historic growth, real challenges remain. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and decades of underinvestment in U.S. … Continue Reading


May 01, 2021

The American Independent: It’s Time to Take Child Poverty Seriously and Make the Child Tax Credit Permanent

by NDC Chair Suzan DelBene

Child poverty has been a pervasive issue in the United States as nearly 11 million children are considered poor. That's one in seven children. Rising costs of living - from basic necessities, like rent and groceries, to transportation and childcare - coupled with stagnating wages are putting more children and their families below the poverty line. COVID-19 has made it worse as families deal with record levels of unemployment. When schools transitioned fully to remote learning, many parents … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

The American Independent: Decisions on Reopening Schools Must Be Based on Evidence

by Rep. Kim Schrier

The question on every parent's mind right now is whether children can safely go back to school this fall. It is a difficult one because there is still so much we don't know about this illness and its transmissibility in children. As a mom, a pediatrician, a person at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, and the daughter of a schoolteacher, I look at this issue from all of these perspectives. Let me say first there is no doubt in my mind that, on the whole, children are far … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Roll Call: To Get Through the Pandemic, We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

by Reps. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Don Beyer (VA-08)

Most of us remember that terrifying scene from "Jaws." Brody, played by Roy Scheider, leans over the boat and sees the shark that's terrorizing the local summer resort town for the first time, and is blown away by its size. In shock, he staggers back to the boat's cabin and reports to the skipper, "You're gonna need a bigger boat." As we've seen the massive disruptions to the lives of workers, families and health care providers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's hard not to think of that … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

The American Independent: 'Action is Urgently Needed': How Congress Can Help Workers During the Pandemic

by NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06)

'There is no time to waste.' As Americans grapple with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis and communities take significant measures to contain its spread, we are already seeing serious disruptions in everyday life and significant economic impacts. Now is the time for Congress to take bold, bipartisan action to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the American people. Two weeks ago, Congress passed an $8.3 billion emergency spending package to support the response to … Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

The Hill: How Congress can take action on climate change today

by REP. DON BEYER (D-VA.)

© Getty Images The president's recent decision to pull out of the Paris agreement, the international climate agreement by which each nation voluntarily commits to addressing climate change in their own country, is an intentional choice to bury his head in the sand. We can't ignore reality, and we don't have the luxury of just sitting this one out. From wildfires in California to hurricanes like Harvey, Americans are already seeing and facing the costly impacts of a changing climate. … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Roll Call: Climate change solutions can’t wait for the politics to catch up

by Rep. Derek Kilmer

Climate change youth activists demonstrate at the Supreme Court on Sept. 18. Solutions to the climate crisis must not get caught up in partisan battles, New Democrat Coalition Chairman Derek Kilmer writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) OPINION - In the Pacific Northwest, we have a sense of urgency about addressing climate change. That urgency is driven, in part, by the fact that we are already seeing its impacts. Where I'm from, we have four coastal tribes that are trying to move to … Continue Reading


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

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