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New Democrat Coalition Urges House Leadership to Act on COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Priorities

NDC Leadership Members Outline Key Priorities for Economic Stimulus Package

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Kirkland, WA, January 27, 2021 | comments

Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) sent a letter to President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging action on a slate of bold, innovative policies to help end the pandemic and rebuild robust economic growth and opportunity that works for every American.

The letter reads:

“The NDC proposals have clear alignment with President Biden and Vice President Harris’s American Rescue Plan and would build on the foundation of House Democrats’ core relief and recovery priorities, including robust state and local funding, protections for essential workers, housing and rental assistance, nutritional assistance, and more. As you work to develop the next COVID-19 package, we ask that you consider including the NDC-endorsed proposals.” 

The eleven New Dem-led bills have been endorsed by the full Coalition. The proposals include a significant expansion and enhancement of the Child Tax Credit (CTC), automatic stabilizers for enhanced unemployment insurance (UI), investments to spur innovation and create quality jobs, and technology and public health measures. These proposals are organized into three overall categories: 

Create More Widely Shared Economic Growth, Opportunity, and Jobs in All Parts of the Country

  1. The American Family Act (Reps. Rosa DeLauro & Suzan DelBene with Sens. Michael Bennet & Sherrod Brown) 
  2. The Build Back Better Act (Rep. Derek Kilmer) 
  3. The Innovation Centers Acceleration Act (Reps. Joseph Morelle & Terri Sewell with Sen. Chris Coons) 

Support Workers, Families, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments, and Businesses

  1. The Worker Relief and Security Act (Reps. Don Beyer & Derek Kilmer with Sens. Jack Reed & Michael Bennet)
  2. The New Business Preservation Act (Rep. Dean Phillips with Sen. Amy Klobuchar)
  3. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Proposal (Rep. David Trone)

End the Pandemic, Equitably Deploy the Vaccine and Testing, Reopen Safely, and Prepare for Future Crises

  1. Rapid At-Home Antigen Testing Proposal (Reps. Kim Schrier & Bill Foster)
  2. The Coronavirus Vaccine and Therapeutic Development Act (Rep. Annie Kuster) 
  3. The Vaccine Fairness Act (Rep. Angie Craig)
  4. The Health STATISTICS Act (Reps. Scott Peters & Lucy McBath)
  5. Technology Modernization Fund Proposal (Rep. Gerry Connolly)

Read the full list of bills, the letter to President Joe Biden, and the letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

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