Third Way Statement on the New Democrat Coalition’s American Prosperity Agenda
March 16, 2016
These leaders are charting a path to seize the opportunities of a new economy.
WASHINGTON—Third Way Senior Vice President for Policy Jim Kessler issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the New Democrat Coalition’s American Prosperity Agenda:
“The defining economic challenge of our time is creating economic growth that benefits the middle class. That used to come naturally to the U.S. economy during the post-World War II era. But for 15 years, America has had both slow growth and middle class wage stagnation.
“During that same period, economic change from globalization and technology has become both rampant and relentless. There are many policymakers who believe change can be stopped and globalization and technological discoveries can be put on hold. Thankfully, the New Democrat Coalition has charted a far different path. Through their American Prosperity Agenda, these leaders are actively working to seize the opportunities of a new economy. They are seeking and promoting ideas to make these global forces of change work for the middle class, rather than against it. The New Dems are committed to creating growth that truly benefits the middle class and those aspiring to be in it.
“The 200 bills, letters, and projects spearheaded by New Dems are a testament to their tenacity on seizing growth and making the government work. Solving this problem is the hardest domestic task America has faced in decades. While others in Congress wish these problems would go away, we applaud the leadership of their chairman, Rep. Ron Kind, their leadership team including Reps. Gerry Connolly, Susan Davis, Jim Himes, Jared Polis, and John Carney, and their membership for tackling them head on.”
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