Press Releases

May 17, 2019

House Passes New Democrat Coalition-Supported Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act

Washington, DC - Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R.987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. NDC is committed to strengthening the ACA, and this package of bills will not only strengthen the ACA but also fight efforts to undermine the ACA and look for ways to make the ACA work better for all Americans. Included in this package are New Dem-led bills to strengthen the ACA. The bills included in this package are: H.R. 1386 ENROLL Act of 2019 … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Statement on Trump’s Tariff Announcement

Washington, DC - Today, the NDC Chair Derek Kilmer, NDC Vice-Chair for Policy Suzan DelBene, and New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Ron Kind, Rick Larsen, Greg Meeks, and Lizzie Fletcher released a statement in response to President Trump announcing his intent to lift steel and aluminum tariffs from Canada and Mexico. "We are encouraged by the announcement that President Trump is removing the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico. These … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

House Passes New Dem-Endorsed HR 5, The Equality Act

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, The Equality Act, a bill to ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in arenas such as housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. "Every American deserves to have access to the same basic civil rights, regardless of who they are or whom they love. I'm proud to represent a state that provides protections to … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

House Passes New Dem-Led Bill to Protect Americans with Preexisting Conditions

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019. This legislation, led by NDC Vice Chair for Communications Annie Kuster and co-sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer, would revoke Section 1332 guidance released by the Trump Administration in October of 2018, which weakened protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. This legislation pushes back on the Trump Administration's repeated and ongoing attack of the Affordable … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Statement on Section 301 Tariffs Announcement

Today, the New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Ron Kind, Rick Larsen, Greg Meeks, and Lizzie Fletcher released a statement after the announcement that President Trump may raise tariffs on China, continuing to harm American businesses, farmers, and families: "We urge the administration to reverse their plans to increase taxes by over double on a quarter of goods purchased from China by U.S. consumers or used as input parts for goods manufactured in the U.S. We believe further … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Endorses H.R. 5, The Equality Act

Washington, DC - The House New Democrat Coalition announced its endorsement of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, a bill to ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in arenas such as housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. The Equality Act will amend the Civil Rights Act to illegalize discrimination against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. New Democrat Coalition Members have long pushed for equal rights legislation to … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer Statement on the House Passage of Broad Legislation to Fight Climate Change

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act: "There's no denying it: climate change is real, and it's already posing a real threat to communities across the Pacific Northwest, our nation, and our world. The American people are not just demanding action - but leadership - to counter the impacts of climate change. Today, Congress took an important step and passed … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Broad Legislation to Fight Climate Change

Washington, DC - Today, the House New Democrat Coalition announced its endorsement of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The bill would prevent the United States from withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change, and require the President to develop a plan for the country to meet its emissions reduction targets under the accords. New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer, Vice Chair for Policy Suzan DelBene, and Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Sean Casten, … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on the Passing of Former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer released the following statement after the passing of former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, a founding Member of the New Democrat Coalition: "On behalf of my colleagues in the New Democrat Coalition, we are saddened to learn about Ellen Tauscher's passing. Ellen was a founding member of the New Democrat Coalition when she came to the Congress in 1997 and served as the Coalition's Chair in the 109th and 110th Congress. "As … Continue Reading


April 22, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Statement on Earth Day

Washington, DC - Today, Co-Chairs of the New Democrat Climate Change Task Force, Reps. Don Beyer, Sean Casten, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild, released the following statement on Earth Day: As we mark Earth Day, the planet faces environmental hazards which are already having significant impacts on the country. Recent scientific reports have made it clear that climate change is an existential threat to Americans' health, national security, and economic prosperity. The New Democrat Coalition is … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Members of the New Democrat Coalition Help Lead Effort to Improve Access to Affordable Health Care

Last week, the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced five pieces of legislation championed by New Democrat Coalition members to help lower the costs of health care and strengthen protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The efforts come as the Trump Administration aims to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. New Dems have been at the forefront of efforts to improve the health care system, and will continue to fight for affordable and universal coverage. Last … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Releases National Security Statement on 70th Anniversary of NATO

Co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force, Reps. Brad Schneider (IL-10), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Brendan Boyle (PA-02), and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) released the following statement recognizing the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty: "Today marks the seven-decade anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - history's most important, most successful military and political alliance. Emerging from the devastation of World War II, … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019 (H.R. 1585). This bill will safeguard and build upon life-saving protections for people throughout Washington state and across the country. "Domestic violence is real and no one should ever suffer in silence in the face of abuse. I'm proud to support a full, long-term, bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Chair Condemns the Administration’s Recent Federal Court Filing

New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the House of Representatives yesterday passed H.Res. 271, a resolution condemning the Administration's recent federal court filing asking the courts not only to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but also to eliminate every last protection and benefit provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): "In the wake of the Administration's court filing that pushes for the complete and … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Releases National Security Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress

The New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force Co-Chairs Brad Schneider, Brendan Boyle, Anthony Brown, and Abigail Spanberger released their goals for the 116th Congress. The National Security Task Force will meet with stakeholders and develop policy positions for the Coalition to advance in both the near term and long term. National Security Task Force Mission Statement for the 116th Congress: Ensuring the safety and security of our country and all Americans is a fundamental … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on Supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act

Today, the New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, passed in the House of Representatives: "In this country, everyone deserves to be treated equally. Today's passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step towards eliminating the wage gap between men and women. This bill will help close loopholes and strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act, to ensure the country moves ever-closer to women receiving equal … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on Supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act

Today, the New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, passed in the House of Representatives: "In this country, everyone deserves to be treated equally. Today's passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step towards eliminating the wage gap between men and women. This bill will help close loopholes and strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act, to ensure the country moves ever-closer to women receiving equal … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Members Urge Trump to Remove Unilateral Tariff Threat on Autos and Auto Parts

Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Trade Task Force sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to abandon any further action that threatens the American automotive sector, auto workers, and our economy. "Imposing tariffs under Section 232 on autos and auto parts for reasons not related to national security concerns clearly oversteps the authority granted by Congress," the letter reads. "Mr. President, we strongly urge you to act in accordance with your March 22 public statement and … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Health Care Task Force Co-Chairs Statement on ACA Bill Introduction

Today, in response to a letter sent by New Democrat Coalition Members, House Leadership introduced legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower health care costs. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Scott, and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Health Care Task Force Co-Chair Angie Craig formally introduced the Protecting Pre-Existing … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

New Democrat Coalition Releases Future of Work Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress

The New Democrat Coalition Future of Work Task Force Co-Chairs Lisa Blunt Rochester, Bill Foster, Chris Pappas, Haley Stevens released their goals for the 116th Congress. The Future of Work Task Force will meet with stakeholders and develop policy positions for the Coalition to advance in both the near term and long term. Future of Work Task Force Mission Statement for the 116th Congress: We live in a period of innovation and economic disruption that has created enormous opportunities for … Continue Reading

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