Press Releases

January 20, 2021

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON, DC - New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement on the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as President of the United States and Kamala D. Harris as Vice President of the United States. "Today begins a new chapter in American history. After a stormy, unpredictable, and at times dangerous period, today brings new light and hope for our future. This will be a future we can all share in. President Biden pledged to be a leader for all of … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Game-Changer: Top House Democrats On Biden Support For Automatic Triggers

WASHINGTON, DC - Today Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), incoming Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and NDC Chair-Emeritus Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), expressed their delight at President-elect Biden's game-changing support for automatic stabilizers, tying unemployment benefits to pandemic and economic conditions. In the summer of 2020, Beyer and New Democrat Coalition leaders put forth a legislative proposal to automatically trigger … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on Biden-Harris Administration’s Emergency Relief Package

WASHINGTON, DC - New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement on the incoming Biden-Harris Administration's legislative package to fund vaccinations and provide immediate, direct economic relief to working families and communities bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis: "New Dems welcome the release of President-elect Biden's legislative package and look forward to achieving our shared priorities with the incoming administration. Americans need … Continue Reading


January 13, 2021

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on Second Impeachment of President Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the below statement following the second impeachment of President Donald Trump. "A week ago, an armed mob assaulted the very embodiment of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol. This was more than just an assault on a building. It was an insurrection perpetrated against our government to stop Congress from fulfilling its constitutional duty to certify the presidential election results. "The sitting President of the United … Continue Reading


December 22, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Statement on the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Chair-elect Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued a statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 133, the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief package. The legislation provides funding for combatting the pandemic and critical relief for American families. The NDC secured key provisions in the package, including funding for national testing and vaccines; an extension and expansion of the Employee … Continue Reading


December 22, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Statement on the Climate Wins Included in Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief Legislation

This week, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) secured important wins on climate and energy-related legislation in H.R. 133, the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief package, which passed the House of Representatives. The package invests in our clean energy economy and will create high quality jobs. Several NDC-endorsed climate bills were included in this package, including policies to modernize our electricity grid and renewable energy storage, phase down hydrofluorocarbons, … Continue Reading


December 18, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Secures Key House Committee Assignments

Washington, DC - Yesterday, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) secured ten out of the thirteen appointments made to House committees, including all the open seats on the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees. New Democrats also secured two-thirds of the open seats on the House Appropriations Committee. "As the majority makers in Congress, New Dems have focused on making sure we are well represented in leadership and on key committees. We endorsed our colleague Pete Aguilar for … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair and Chair-Elect Statement on Bipartisan COVID Proposal

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Chair-elect Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued a statement on the release of the immediate COVID relief legislative package. In early 2021, Congress will also have to act to provide additional robust relieve and stimulus. "As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten American lives, livelihoods, and our nation's economy, Congress and the Administration have to reach a COVID relief deal as soon as possible. … Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Announces Complete Leadership Team for 117th Congress

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) announced its expanded leadership team and the specific roles of the four recently-elected NDC Vice Chairs. Additionally, pursuant to the NDC's bylaws, Chair-elect Suzan DelBene (WA-01) appointed three Members to serve in leadership positions within the Coalition. These roles and appointments serve to harness the unique expertise each leadership Member brings to the Coalition and enhance the NDC's execution of its vision in the 117th … Continue Reading


December 01, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Elects New Leadership Team and Inducts Five Members-Elect

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), elected Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) to be the next Chair; Reps. Ami Bera (CA-07), Sharice Davids (KS-03), Annie Kuster (NH-02), and Scott Peters (CA-52) to be the next Vice Chairs; and Rep.-elect Kathy Manning (NC-06) to be the Freshman Leadership Representative. Current Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will serve as Chair Emeritus next Congress. In addition, by a unanimous vote, the NDC inducted five new Members-elect to join the Coalition in … Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Rep. Pete Aguilar for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after the NDC endorsed Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31) for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair: "The New Dems are proud to support our colleague Pete for Caucus Vice Chair. Pete knows that House Democrats come from a variety of districts and backgrounds and will work to make sure all members have a voice in the strategy and direction of our caucus. He understands what it takes to grow our … Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Chair Statement on Updated Version of the Heroes Act

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled an updated version of the Heroes Act: "As we face record case numbers in the midst of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has to respond to the immediate needs before us and also plan for the future. Members of the New Democrat Coalition were the first to call for further House action to be taken before Congress adjourns. We voted … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

House Passes Clean Energy Package with New Democrat Coalition-Led Provisions

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Vice Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued a statement following House passage of H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The legislative package invests in clean energy development to promote a cleaner, more sustainable energy future that drives innovation, helps create good jobs for American workers, and makes progress in the fight against climate change. Earlier this summer, the Coalition urged … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Continues to Build on Ambitious Climate Change Agenda

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Don Beyer (VA-08), Sean Casten (IL-06), Elaine Luria (VA-02), and Susan Wild (PA-07), endorsed its third slate of bills to combat climate change. These bills build on the NDC's ambitious and actionable agenda to meet the climate crisis with the urgency it demands, leveraging every decarbonization solution available to advance a swift and just transition to … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Legislation to Protect United States Postal Service

Washington, DC - Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Vice Chair for Policy Suzan DelBene (WA-01), endorsed H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, which provides additional funding to the United States Postal Service (USPS) and prohibits any changes to the operations or service levels that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service for the duration of the coronavirus crisis or through January 2021. Over the past few weeks, the … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

New Democrat Coalition Members Lead Effort Urging House Leadership to Take Action on Unemployment Insurance, Automatic Stabilizers

Washington, DC - Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Vice Chair Scott Peters (CA-52), along with New Dem Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) and NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), led 114 Members in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging the House to take action on unemployment insurance. In the letter, Members are asking for House consideration of legislation to reauthorize the enhanced unemployment compensation and establish unemployment insurance automatic … Continue Reading


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

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