February 13, 2024

New Democrat Coalition Leaders Urge Speaker Johnson to Swiftly Bring National Security Package to House Floor

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Annie Kuster (NH-02), Vice Chair for Communications Brad Schneider (IL-10), Vice Chair for Policy Derek Kilmer (WA-06), and National Security Task Force Chair Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) released a statement following the Senate’s strong bipartisan passage of essential national security legislation to fund Ukraine, Israel, our Indo-Pacific allies, and provide humanitarian assistance for civilians threatened by conflict in Gaza and elsewhere.

New Dems strongly urged Congressional Republicans to move forward with the original bipartisan package, which included much-needed provisions and funding to restore order at the southern border and reform the asylum system. Shockingly, but not surprisingly, Congressional Republicans last week killed the bill because of immigration provisions they had previously demanded. It was a new low for Republican partisan gamesmanship.

“New Dems strongly support the essential national security package advanced today by the Senate. As Ukraine and Israel continue their fights against tyranny and terror, and as tensions rise in the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific, it is more important than ever for Congress to uphold America’s ironclad commitment to defending our allies, democracy, and human rights.

“Unfortunately, House Republican Leadership made it clear in their rejection of the original framework, which included common-sense reforms and funding to strengthen border security and update our immigration process, that they're more interested in partisan political stunts than sound policy."

“While we are frustrated at the elimination of those border security provisions, New Dems recognize the urgent need to support our allies across the globe. We urge Speaker Johnson to once and for all put the American people over petty partisan politics and swiftly bring this bill to the full House for a vote.

“New Dems are ready and prepared to provide the votes necessary to get this essential national security bill to the President’s desk without delay.”