Congressman Ben McAdams has been named Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force.
The Task Force is charged with meeting with stakeholders and developing policy positions for the Coalition to advance in both the near term and long term. The Housing Task Force will target areas where the Coalition can advance policies that help our economy and this Congress get on track. The other co-chairs are Congressman Denny Heck (WA) and Congresswoman Katie Hill (CA).
“I am excited to lead the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force because Utah has both challenges and opportunities when it comes to all aspects of availability and affordability of housing,” said McAdams. “The New Dems have a strong reputation for reaching across the aisle to get things done and I am ready to work with my colleagues to find common sense policy solutions in this area.”
McAdams says as mayor of Salt Lake County, he supported innovative projects such as the Bud Bailey Apartments. The development consists of 128 low-income and eight market-rate units. Designed to accommodate its diverse residents, the mix of studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences are affordable to households earning between 25-50 percent of Area Median Income.
“The New Democrats are about finding innovative solutions to complicated issues,” said Rep. Suzan DelBene, Vice-Chair for Policy. “The American people have said they want Congress to get things done. With this talented group, we’re committed to finding the best ideas to expand our middle class and create opportunities for hardworking families in this new economy.”
The New Democrat Coalition is made up of over 100 forward-thinking Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies. New Democrats are a solution- oriented coalition seeking to bridge the gap between left and right by challenging outmoded partisan approaches to governing. New Democrats believe the challenges ahead are too great for Members of Congress to refuse to cooperate purely out of partisanship.