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Washington, DC – This week, 48 Members of the New Democrat Coalition sent a letter to President Trump calling for a robust commitment to apprenticeship programs. The letter, led by Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), and Donald Norcross (NJ-01), outlines the importance of apprenticeships and urges the administration to maintain strong levels of funding for apprenticeship initiatives across the country.
Yesterday New Democrat Coalition Vice-Chair Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced bicameral legislation with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) to test and evaluate innovative portable benefit designs for the growing independent workforce. New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) and New Democrat Coalition Future of Work Task Force Co-Chairs Seth Moulton (MA-06), and Jared Polis (CO-02) also signed onto the legislation.
This week Co-Chairs of the New Democrat Coalition Cybersecurity Task Force sent a letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) inquiring about the federal cybersecurity hiring and training process. Currently our country faces unprecedented cybersecurity challenges, yet the federal government struggles to recruit and retain qualified cyber professionals. New Dems encourage OPM to explore ways to adjust their requirements and streamline the hiring process for federal cybersecurity jobs, including looking to the private sector for ideas.
New Democrat Coalition Members sent a letter to President Trump urging him to prioritize cybersecurity issues in the budget, including building the cyber workforce, strengthening public-private partnerships, and investing in cyber infrastructure. New Democrat Coalition Cybersecurity Task Force Co-Chairs Derek Kilmer, Kathleen Rice and Josh Gottheimer led the letter to President Trump which includes over 30 signatories.
Today, by a voice vote, the House passed the Email Privacy Act, a bipartisan bill led by New Dem Vice-Chairs Jared Polis (CO-02) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01). This bipartisan bill, highlighted in the New Democrat Coalition Prosperity Agenda: Winning the Future, modernizes America’s digital privacy laws by establishing protections against warrantless searches of private emails.
Today, Chair Emeritus Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) introduced the Investing in Opportunity Act, which will boost economic growth in communities that have been left behind by incentivizing more private sector investment. The New Democrat Coalition is committed to growing the economy and increasing opportunities for all Americans. New Democrats support solutions to boost private sector investment to help communities across the country grow and thrive so that all Americans feel they are getting a fair shot at economic opportunities.
Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), a biopharma executive-turned-lawmaker, pushes for more federal research funds. Recently named to the House Ways and Means Committee, DelBene said her priorities include the repeal of taxes on medical devices, as well as a reduction in taxes on small businesses. She also plans to fight against attempts to repeal of the Affordable Care Act and oppose efforts to privatize Medicare. DelBene has also been a leading advocate of increased federal funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Today New Democrats voted against the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. The REINS Act undermines the power of agencies set up to enforce governmental regulations by requiring Congressional approval of all major rules. Instead of improving America’s regulatory environment, the bill will paralyze executive branch rule-making leading to inefficiency in government.
Washington, DC – Today, the New Democrat Coalition released an update of the American Prosperity Agenda: Winning the Future. The agenda, originally released in March 2015, details the work New Dem Members have done to advance legislation that will help hardworking Americans succeed in a 21st century economy.
The 4th Annual Startup Day Across America is an initiative started and led, in part, by New Dem Members. This bipartisan and bicameral event provides the opportunity for local entrepreneurs to work with their elected officials to discuss the importance of startups to our economy and raise awareness of the entrepreneurial activity happening from across the country.