A Future That Works: New Democrat Coalition Puts Forth Policy Proposal to Modernize the Worker Safety Net
This week the New Democrat Coalition’s Future of Work Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Bill Foster, Seth Moulton, and Jared Polis, released the second report in the new economic opportunity agenda: A Future that Works. The report, Creating a 21st Century Social Contract, outlines policy recommendations to create a social contract that works for the future. The policy recommendations include updating the social contract by creating an option of portable benefits, modernizing the worker safety net, and expanding eligibility for these protections and programs.
“Prior generations designed our safety net and benefits system for a traditional, full-time worker. As our economy has changed, the laws, policies and support structures that protect and promote American workers remain relics of a bygone era. While many still enjoy the stability of the 20th century social contract, a growing number of workers find themselves left out,” said New Democrat Coalition Chair Himes.
In releasing the policy proposal, the New Democrats said that any new social contract should be universal, portable and innovative. They argue that all workers should have access to worker benefits, protections, and the safety net untethered from employers to provide portability, security and mobility.
“All workers should have certainty and security, and all companies should be able to either provide benefits or contributions towards benefits for those who provide work for them. We need a modern, 21st century social contract,” said Himes.
Over the past year, the Task Force has convened forums on Capitol Hill to discuss the challenges that workers across America face today. New Democrat Coalition Members say their goal is to find policy solutions to address the opportunities and challenges related to the evolving nature of work in the changing economy.
Read the full report here.
In The News
WASHINGTON - The scrum of photographers had been waiting for nearly an hour. Gathered at the railing of a stairwell adjacent to the U.S. Capitol visitor's center, they spoke casually amongst themselves, even as they subtly jockeyed for position and warily eyed the opening to a... Read More
WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by joining their pick-up basketball game, Yang had taken just three steps onto the stage at the university's Healy Hall Thursday morning when he impulsively jumped into... Read More
WASHINGTON - Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. told attendees at an election security forum Tuesday that tech platforms have become "battlefields" in a "bloodless conflict" and that winning requires arming voters with in-depth knowledge of the threat they face. "We need to recognize that when it comes... Read More
WASHINGTON - Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch may have been President Donald Trump’s first appointee to the high court, but onstage at the National Archive Monday night he seemed almost a throwback to a more gentlemanly and light hearted era. "I'm an optimist," the 52-year-old said more... Read More
WASHINGTON - A group of centrist House Democrats best known for espousing bipartisanship to get things done on Capitol Hill, sharply criticized Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday for his continued refusal to allow election security bills to get a vote on the Senate floor. The... Read More
WASHINGTON - Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., couldn't be happier that the House Wednesday passed a pair of bills blocking offshore oil drilling in almost all waters around the United States. But in an interview with The Well News, he acknowledged that the real work lies ahead... Read More