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Blue Dog Coalition Elects 3 New Co-Chairs to Lead Them in Next Congress

Blue Dog Coalition Elects 3 New Co-Chairs to Lead Them in Next Congress

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The Blue Canine Coalition on Tuesday elected three new co-chairs — all present freshmen — to guide the group of two dozen fiscally conservative Democrats within the subsequent Congress. 

Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy will function the administration co-chair, Arizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran because the coverage co-chair and California Rep. Lou Correa because the communications co-chair.

All three have been first elected in 2016 and might be main the coalition throughout their second phrases. They’ll be changing present Blue Canine Co-chairs Jim Costa of California, Henry Cuellar of Texas and Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, who have been all simply elected to their eighth phrases.

Murphy would be the first girl of shade to guide the coalition. 

The brand new leaders issued separate statements emphasizing their dedication to bipartisan cooperation and leads to a time of divided authorities.

“The Blue Canine Coalition is prepared to hit the bottom working with a constructive agenda to deal with the dearth of good-paying jobs and stagnant paychecks, rising well being care prices, and our crumbling infrastructure,” O’Halleran stated in his assertion. “Most significantly, we’re able to be the voice of commonsense and considerate management the American folks need.”

Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader will proceed serving as chair of the coalition’s political arm, the Blue Canine PAC.

The three incoming co-chairs, in addition to Schrader, are additionally members of the New Democrat Coalition, a gaggle of pro-business Democrats that’s anticipating to have some 90-plus members subsequent Congress. There’s numerous overlap between the two teams, however the Blue Canines focus totally on insurance policies designed to advertise fiscal duty.

Murphy, O’Halleran and Schrader are additionally members of the bipartisan Downside Solvers Caucus. The Blue Canines formally endorsed a package deal of Home guidelines adjustments that the Downside Solvers proposed to foster extra bipartisan legislating. 

9 of the Democrats within the Downside Solvers Caucus, together with Murphy O’Halleran and Schrader, are withholding their assist for the speakership bid of Home Minority Chief Nancy Pelosi in hopes of getting her to again a few of these proposals. Correa is supporting his fellow Californian. 

The Blue Canines on Monday additionally formally welcomed seven new members to the coalition that its political arm had endorsed within the 2018 cycle. 

These member-elects are Max Rose and Anthony Brindisi of New York (Brindisi’s race has not but been known as by The Related Press), Ben McAdams of Utah, Mikie Sherrill and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico.

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