Better Deal: Increasing Americans’ Incomes, Reducing Everyday Expenses, and Giving Workers Tools They Need
Before Congress left Washington DC for the August recess at the end of last week, Congressional Democrats unveiled a new economic policy agenda called “A Better Deal.”
“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 Atlantic reported “Locked out of power in Washington, Democrats lack the ability to implement the agenda, which will be sold to voters under the tagline “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”
But party leaders plan to pitch it as a preview of what they would do if Democrats win back Congress. The economic platform is aimed at bridging ideological and demographic divides in the party, and Democrats hope it will have widespread appeal, in rural and urban areas, and with centrist, moderate, and progressive voters alike.”
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.”