Press Releases

July 31, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Second Slate of Housing Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), NDC Vice Chair for Policy Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and NDC Housing Task Force Co-Chairs Denny Heck (WA-10), Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and Ben McAdams (UT-04) announced the endorsement of legislation to promote affordable housing development, increase access to affordable lending, and provide transparency of COVID-19 housing and rental relief. As the President acted to strike down a critical Obama-era … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Members Urge House Action on Climate Change Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Climate Change Task Force and NDC Leadership Members sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer urging them to move NDC-endorsed climate bills have already passed out of committee and are ready for consideration by the full House. These bills were highlighted in the Select Committee on Climate Crisis's (SCCC) report as part of the potential path forward for congressional action to solve the climate crisis. The NDC … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Beyer, Kilmer Introduce Unemployment Legislation Amid Lapse In Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair and House leader of Congress' Joint Economic Committee, and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, today introduced the Worker Relief and Security Act. The legislation would automatically continue and provide for additional enhanced emergency unemployment benefits for the duration of the public health emergency and ensuing economic crisis until conditions return closer to pre-crisis levels. Beyer and … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

House Passes New Democrat Coalition-Endorsed Bill to Study Societal Forces Affecting the Social Status of Black Men and Boys

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC Rep. Lucy McBath issued a statement following House passage of S. 2163, the Senate companion to the NDC-endorsed H.R. 1636, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act. The legislation was introduced last year by a bipartisan group of Members, including NDC Reps. Lucy McBath (GA-06) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02). The bill will now be sent to President Trump for his signature. "I am proud … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair and National Security Task Force Co-Chairs Statement on NDAA

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC National Security Task Force Co-Chairs Anthony Brown, Brad Schneider, and Abigail Spanberger released the following statements on House passage of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 by a large bipartisan majority, a strong bill that ensures America is prepared to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. "This bipartisan NDAA includes critical … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair and Infrastructure Task Force Co-Chairs Statement on House Passage of H.R. 2

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC Infrastructure Task Force Co-Chairs Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Jason Crow (CO-06), Stacey Plaskett (VI-AL), and Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) released the following statements on House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The Moving Forward Act contains several NDC-backed provisions to rebuild resilient transportation and infrastructure systems, accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies and lower … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair and Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Statement on the Select Committee on Climate Crisis Action Plan

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Sean Casten (IL-06), Don Beyer (VA-08), Elaine Luria (VA-02), and Susan Wild (PA-07) applauded the release of the Select Committee on Climate Crisis's (SCCC) Solving the Climate Crisis: Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy. The Climate Crisis Congressional Action Plan is an ambitious, science-based agenda that provides a roadmap for Congressional action … Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair and Health Care Task Force Co-Chairs Statement on House Passage of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC Health Care Task Force Co-Chairs Angie Craig (MN-02), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), and Greg Stanton (AZ-09) released the following statements on House passage of H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. "New Democrats have been laser focused on ensuring that all Americans can have quality, affordable health care. We've pushed to stabilize and improve upon … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

House Passes New Democrat Coalition-Endorsed Justice in Policing Act

Washington, DC - Today, the House passed the New Democrat Coalition-endorsed H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This bicameral, comprehensive bill seeks to better hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. "Action is long overdue to address the systemic racism prevalent in our nation. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a meaningful first step to reform our law enforcement … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

NDC Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC Whip Pete Aguilar (CA-31) issued a statement after the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration's challenge to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The Supreme Court decision to stop the Trump administration from ending this life-changing program for now is great news for the thousands of Dreamers who have built their lives here, in the only country they've known as … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Resolution to Reform the World Trade Organization

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by NDC Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Lizzie Fletcher, Ron Kind, Rick Larsen, and Gregory Meeks, endorsed H.Res.746. This bipartisan resolution, led by NDC Rep. Ron Kind, reaffirms the United States' commitment as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and encourages the Administration to participate with other WTO members in reforming the Appellate Body to address longstanding concerns and help ensure it is in working … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Bill to Study Societal Forces Affecting the Social Status of Black Men and Boys

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), endorsed H.R. 1636, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act. The legislation was introduced last year by a bipartisan group of Members, including NDC Reps. Lucy McBath (GA-06) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02). "I believe that in addition to improving our law enforcement system, we need broader and more substantial action to address the systemic injustices that disadvantage Black … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), endorsed H.R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act. This bicameral, comprehensive bill seeks to better hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and communities. "Action is long overdue. The New Democrat Coalition is proud to endorse the Justice in Policing Act to reform our law enforcement system, seek to end police brutality, ensure more … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

NDC Stands in Solidarity with Congressional Black Caucus

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) issued the following statement after the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the subsequent days of protests in cities and towns across America. The statement comes after the NDC hosted Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Karen Bass and New Dem CBC Members for a call to discuss action Congress can take to help rectify the injustice many Black Americans are experiencing and help … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

NDC Chair Statement on Updated House Legislative Schedule

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) issued a statement following the release of the updated house legislative schedule for the coming months. The NDC has long been pushing for the implementation of remote voting by proxy and the authorization of virtual committee proceedings to ensure Congress can return to normal order and continue legislating for the American people. "In the midst of this pandemic, it's important for the House to continue to … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

House Passes New Democrat Coalition-Endorsed Legislation to Improve PPP

Washington, DC - Today, the House passed the New Democrat Coalition-endorsed bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act co-introduced by New Dem Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03). The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is providing essential support to millions of small businesses across the country. Unfortunately for many these businesses, the terms can be too inflexible to provide the help and stability PPP was intended to provide to help weather the economic storm. Rep. Phillips' … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation to Improve PPP

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), endorsed the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act co-introduced by New Dem Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03). The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is providing essential support to millions of small businesses across the country. Unfortunately for many these businesses, the terms can be too inflexible to provide the help and stability PPP was intended to provide to help weather the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on Passage of The Heroes Act

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act: "Let's start with what we know. We know that educators and students have had their lives turned upside down - and they need more resources to ensure kids can learn. We know that small businesses on Main Street are hurting - and they need more help to keep folks on payroll and to weather this storm. We know that workers on the … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on H.Res 965

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement before the vote on legislation to allow temporary changes for remote voting on the House Floor and virtual committee proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic. NDC Members strongly support the House and Committees returning to regular order facilitated by remote or virtual options, and have pushed for these changes for weeks. "The public health crisis at hand-which has turned … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on Rep. Beyer’s Proposal to Implement Automatic Stabilizers for Unemployment Benefits

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) was joined by NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) in releasing a draft framework for the Workers' Relief and Security Act, bicameral legislation that would tie ongoing expanded unemployment benefits to the public health emergency and economic conditions. Rep. Beyer's bill would use automatic triggers to ensure that assistance continues to flow to workers for the duration of the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis … Continue Reading

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