December 23, 2022

New Dems Secure Key Priorities in End-of-Year Government Funding Package

Today, New Dems unanimously voted to pass government funding legislation that contained significant wins secured by the New Democrat Coalition. 

New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the below statement on final passage of the legislation: 

“New Dems fought hard to include several key priorities in this legislation, including $200 million for Chair Emeritus Kilmer’s RECOMPETE Act pilot program, lifesaving legislation to address the mental health and addiction crises, and policies and funding to increase the supply of affordable housing and the development and deployment of clean energy projects. 

“Rep. Kilmer’s RECOMPETE pilot will unlock the untapped potential of communities across the nation, create good paying jobs, and invest in the long-term economic development of communities often left behind. New Dems made this legislation a priority in the 117th Congress and are thrilled to see this funding in the final bill. 

“I am also grateful for the leadership of New Dem Health Care Task Force Co-Chairs Kim Schrier (WA-08) and Terri Sewell (AL-07) for their leadership on the mental health and substance use disorder crises. They worked hard to secure passage of NDC-endorsed legislation that will provide critical prevention, care, treatment, and support to Americans in need. 

“Additionally, New Dem Rep. Spanberger’s NDC-endorsed Growing Climate Solutions Act was included in the bill. This legislation will remove barriers for farmers, ranchers, and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets and create incentives for embracing climate-smart practices.”

“In the 118th Congress, New Dems will continue our commitment to work across the aisle to make progress for the American people.”

Below you will find a full list of the New Dem priorities and endorsed bills included in the 2022 government funding bill:

NDC-endorsed Economic Development Legislation:

  • H.R. 4651 - RECOMPETE Act, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06)

NDC-endorsed Climate Legislation:

  • H.R. 2820 - Growing Climate Solutions Act, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07)

NDC-endorsed Health Care Bills:

  • H.R. 6279 – Opioid Treatment Access Act, Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01) 

  • H.R. 5218 – Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner Act, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07)

  • H.R. 2376 – Excellence in Recovery Housing Act, Rep. David Trone (D-MD-06) 

  • H.R. 1384 – Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) 

  • H.R. 3259 – Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)

  • H.R. 2067 – Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act, Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) 

  • H.R. 5950 – Improving Patient Access to Care and Treatment (IMPACT) Act, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04)

  • H.R. 7232 – 9–8–8 and Parity Assistance Act, Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29)

  • H.R. 2929 – Virtual Peer Support Act, Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV-03)

  • H.R. 1385 – Behavioral Health Coordination and Communication Act, Rep. David Trone (D-MD-06)