New Democrats are committed to making higher education more accessible and affordable, fully preparing students for higher education and the workforce, and making higher education more effective, accountable, and inclusive.The New Democrat Coalition released Higher Education Priorities detaili


The transition to a clean energy future can serve as a catalyst for economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. These goals have always been guiding principles for the New Democrat Coalition.



With too many roads and bridges crumbling around the country and a power grid waiting to enter the 21st century, we need robust investments in our transportation and energy infrastructure. For too long, Congress has relied on irresponsible, stop-gap measures that hinder economic growth and make it more difficult to ship American products domestically and overseas.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The strength of America’s economic machine is underpinned by the link between innovation, economic development and job creation. Since its founding, the New Democrat Coalition has led the way for smart policies that foster innovation through public-private partnerships, new technologies and cutting-edge research and development. As Congress considers the first reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act since 2010, the Coalition offers the following principles to ensure that we, as leaders tasked with maintaining America’s continued competitiveness in a 21st Century economy, don’t just talk about innovation – we invest in it.

Job Skills

In today’s 21st century economy, Americans need an increasingly precise set of skills to enter the workforce ready to succeed. As technology changes the face of the global economy, we need to invest in high-quality skills training initiatives to ensure the U.S. remains internationally competitive in manufacturing and high-skilled jobs.

Financial Services and Retirement Security

"The federal government would maintain a limited role to provide oversight, protect taxpayers against losses and ensure continued access to safe and affordable mortgage products, like the traditional 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, according to the New Dem plan."


As New Democrats, we are committed to the successful implementation of health care reforms that will expand access to and affordability of coverage, improve quality and delivery of care and slow the rate of growth in health care spending.

National Security

New Dems are committed to a tough and smart national security strategy that secures our homeland and protects our values.  Our first responsibility as Members of Congress is to keep America safe. We need to invest in a 21st century military force and in national security agencies that adapt to modern challenges and eliminate terrorist threats without reckless interventions.

Tax Reform and Fiscal Responsibility

In the past 25 years, the global economy has become increasingly dynamic and interconnected. To help American businesses and workers succeed, our nation’s system of taxation needs to evolve to reflect the challenges facing modern businesses and opportunities for growth as well as address how individuals earn and utilize their income

Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing

For the United States to remain a global leader, we need to continue producing top quality goods and services and capitalize on every opportunity to ship them overseas and create jobs at home. From supporting domestic manufacturers to taking action to reduce foreign tariffs, the U.S. has multiple opportunities to strengthen U.S.