Congressional Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), unveiled a new economic policy agenda called “A Better Deal” on July 24. “American families deserve a better deal, so this country works for everyone again,” said Mr. Schumer. “Not just elites, not just the special interests. Today, Democrats start presenting that better deal to the American people.” The Democratic leaders were joined at the event by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Mark Warner (D-VA), and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), David Cicilline (D-RI), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).
The Democratic members of Congress at the event described the agenda’s three overarching goals: increase Americans’ incomes, reduce the cost of everyday expenses, and provide workers the tools they need for the 21st century economy. Speakers mentioned a range of policy ideas, including paid family leave, stronger enforcement of anti-trust laws, and tax credits to encourage businesses to hire and train workers for unfilled jobs. Mr. Schumer indicated that the Democratic Party will be introducing additional initiatives in the coming weeks.
The same day, Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH) highlighted the connection between housing affordability and the need for “a better deal” from the floor of the House. “Mr. Speaker, I come to the House floor today in support of National Housing Week of Action and to stand up for a better deal for hardworking Americans. Access to affordable housing directly impacts the ability of Americans to have a better job, better wages, and a better future… Due to cuts in federal rental assistance, only one in four people eligible for it actually are receiving it. Our constituents deserve a better deal.”
Watch a video of the “A Better Deal” press event at: http://bit.ly/2eQkbSb
Watch a video of Ms. Beatty’s remarks at: http://bit.ly/2uBs82X