Says Coalitions Align with Her Goals of Small Business Growth, National Security & Fiscal Discipline
ORLANDO – U.S. Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park will join the pro-small business New Democrat Coalition and the fiscally responsible Democratic Blue Dog Coalition when she is sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2017. Murphy said these coalitions align with her goals of strengthening central Florida’s growing entrepreneurial and small business sectors, keeping our nation secure, and ensuring fiscal discipline in Congress.
“When I take office on January 3, I want to hit the ground running to help strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and bring fiscal discipline back to Congress,” said Murphy. “I campaigned on a new approach – on working with both Democrats and Republicans to get things done. Both the New Dems and the Blue Dogs have strong reputations for reaching across the aisle and putting good public policy over partisan politics. That’s exactly what I’ll do in Congress.”
The combined membership of the New Democrat Coalition and the Blue Dog Coalition represents more than one-third of the Democratic caucus. Both coalitions have strong bipartisan reputations and a history of working with Republicans. Murphy said she will work with her New Dem colleagues to advocate legislation that strengthens our nation’s middle class and will work with her Blue Dog colleagues to help introduce No Budget, No Pay, which says Members of Congress must pass a budget and appropriations bills on time or they don’t get paid.
“There is a lot of uncertainty facing our country in the next few years, and there is too much on the line for partisan politics to derail our progress. When I see offensive rhetoric or where I disagree with a proposal, I will oppose them in the strongest possible terms. But, where I can find common ground, I will do so,” said Murphy. “Despite the challenging political environment, I’ll also continue to fight for issues I care deeply about, such as commonsense gun laws, access to women’s health care, comprehensive immigration reform, efforts to curb climate change, and protecting our seniors and veterans.”
Founded in 1997, the New Democrat Coalition is a key group of Democratic legislators dedicated to maintaining America’s status as the world’s strongest, most successful nation. The New Democrat Coalition is made up of 54 democratic, pro-growth, innovation-focused lawmakers committed to seeking pragmatic solutions to help hard working Americans compete in our increasingly globalized economy. The New Democrats are committed to strengthening, modernizing, and maintaining the U.S. national infrastructure in order to keep America the most competitive, creative, and innovative country in the world. And, the New Democrats support a tough and smart national security agenda. As policy entrepreneurs, the New Democrats continually seek new and effective ways to move our nation forward.
The Blue Dog Coalition, formed in 1995, is an official caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives comprised of 17 fiscally conservative Democrats that are deeply committed to the financial stability and national security of the United States and dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to the nation’s biggest challenges. Since they first organized, the Blue Dog Coalition’s membership numbers have risen and fallen, but their commitment to fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship has long endured. In today’s hyper-partisan environment, the Blue Dogs continue to stand as one of the last caucuses in the House of Representatives willing to set aside party politics and put the interests of the nation first.
Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and parts of Orange County, including downtown Orlando, UCF, Maitland, and Winter Park. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman and college instructor. She also previously served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.