About

In the seventy years since the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) (formerly known as the Democratic Policy Committee (DPC)) was established in January 1947, it has served as an advisory board to the Democratic Leadership and as a research, policy-formulating, and communications arm of Senate Democrats. While the DPCC's role has evolved through the years, the thread that unifies its long history is the key role it has played in facilitating communication among Senate Democrats and enhancing their ability to formulate and advance their agenda.

Under the leadership of Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow and Vice Chairmanship of Senator Joe Manchin, the DPCC provides a variety of member services for Democratic Senators and their staff, including research, legislative summaries for bills being considered on the Senate floor, local data on the impact of legislation, and communications tools. 

DPCC Reports

DPCC Report: The Cost of Inaction on the Climate Crisis

September 21, 2021

New DPCC Report Highlights the Price of Extreme Weather Events, Loss of Life and the Ever-Increasing Costs of Recovery WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and DPCC Vice Chair Cory Booker (D-NJ) released a report detailing the cost of inaction on the climate crisis. The frequency of billion-dollar weather disasters has more than quadrupled since the 1980s, as has the cost - a more...


DPCC Report: First 100 Days - It’s Getting Better with Biden

April 30, 2021

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The American Rescue Plan Reports

March 1, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Financial Help for Families Expanding Tax Relief for Working Families Supporting Small Businesses and Farmers Safely Reopening Schools for In-Person Learning Supports Native American Communities Vaccines and Health Care Supporting our Nation's Veterans Supporting Essential Community Services A Pension Is A Promise Urgent Relief for Small-Town more...

Captured Courts

Senate Democrats are shedding a light on the right-wing takeover of our judicial system. Working hand in hand with the administration and anonymously funded outside groups, Senate Republicans have confirmed more than 200 new life-tenured federal judges to aggressively remake the federal courts and rewrite the Constitution. Most were chosen not for their qualifications or experience—which are often lacking—but for their demonstrated allegiance to Republican Party political goals.

Senate Democrats Release New Captured Courts Report on One-Year Anniversary of Barrett Confirmation Showing String of Wins for Right-Wing Donor Interests

October 26, 2021

Big-money special interests reap huge return on dark-money investment Sweeping protection for dark money interests and widespread use of "shadow docket" dominate 6-3 Republican-appointed majority's record READ THE NEW REPORT HERE Washington, DC - Senate Democrats - led by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) - released a new more...


Senators Unveil New Captured Courts Report on Texas Assault on Reproductive Rights

September 29, 2021

Senate Democrats reveal dark-money scheme behind anti-abortion crusade Senate Democrats, led by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), released a new report in their Captured Courts series on the corrosive effect of a Supreme Court controlled by dark-money interests on women's reproductive freedom. The new report focuses on the "shadow docket" ruling by Republican more...


Senators Booker, Stabenow, Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Brown, Cardin, Van Hollen Unveil New Report on Consequences for Core Civil Rights Protections of Special Interest Campaign to Capture Our Courts

October 23, 2020

Report shows anonymously funded, dark money groups have worked to tilt the balance of the judiciary in favor of special interests, denying workers, racial minorities, women, immigrants, and religious minorities equal justice under law WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) released a new report detailing how special interests' more...

Building Back Bulletin

The Senate DPCC is highlighting how things are getting better with President Biden. Each week, a new bulletin will showcase how Senate Democrats and President Biden are tackling the COVID-19 crisis, creating jobs, combatting the climate crisis, addressing racial disparities in our nation, and supporting working class families.

Hearings

Senate Democrats Hold Hearing on D.C. Statehood

July 1, 2020

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Senate Democrats to Hold Hearing on Treatment of Children at the Border

July 23, 2019

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Senate Democrats to Hold Hearing with Americans Hurt by High Cost of Prescription Drugs

August 21, 2018

On Tuesday, August 21st at 3:00 PM, Senate Democrats will hold a hearing titled, “America Speaks Out: The Urgent Need to Tackle Health Care Costs and Prescription Drug Prices.” The Senators will hear from Americans who have struggled with the high cost of prescription drugs, including the mother of diabetic young man who died because he could not afford insulin and an 80-year old retiree who cannot afford his Parkinson’s medication. Nicole Smith-Holt – Richfield, MN: Nicole is a Minnesota state more...


Senate Democrats to Hold Hearing with Americans Who Are at Risk of Losing Health Coverage Because of Pre-Existing Conditions

August 16, 2018

On Thursday, August 16th at 10:00 AM, Senate Democrats will hold a hearing titled, “America Speaks Out: Protecting Care for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions.” The Senators will hear testimony from Americans with pre-existing conditions who would be hurt by Republican efforts to expand junk insurance plans and take away their health coverage.  Elena Hung – Silver Spring, MD: Elena is the president and co-founder of the Little Lobbyists. Her daughter, Xiomara, was born with complex medical needs and has required more...


Senate Democrats, Survivors, Family Members to Hold Hearing on Protecting Children from Gun Violence

March 5, 2018

On Wednesday, March 7th at 4:00pm, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) will co-host a Senate Democrats hearing entitled “America Speaks Out: Protecting Our Children from Gun Violence.” The Senators will hear testimony from survivors of gun violence and family members who want Congress to take swift action to strengthen our nation’s gun laws.    FEATURING:  David Hogg, 17-year old student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – Since a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed more...


Democracy for Sale: How Our Broken Campaign Finance System Allows Foreign Governments to Buy Influence in Our Elections and What We Can Do About It

July 19, 2017

Ellen Weintraub, Washington, DCTestimony                Norm Ornstein, Testimony                Larry NobleTestimony                Sheila KrumholzTestimony                Liz Kennedy Testimony more...


America Speaks Out: The High Cost of Trumpcare on Families

May 10, 2017

Cyndi Johnson, Bloomington, IN Cyndi is the mother of three who works part time. Her 10-year old daughter was born with Down syndrome a few years before the passage of the ACA. Cyndi’s husband had insurance for their family through his employer, but because of the significant services that their daughter needed, the family was forced to assume significant debt, including a loan on their home. Testimony Gina Walkington, Bristol, WI Gina is the mother of three young children.When Gina was 20 years more...


Forum with Americans Whose Healthcare Would be Hurt by Tom Price’s Policies

January 19, 2017

Ann Serafin, Ferndale, MIAnn lives with multiple sclerosis and is covered by Medicare. Ann and her husband also supported Ann's mother for the last decade and, after years of financial stress, were able to get her mother into a nursing home, with the cost of her care covered by Medicaid.TestimonyDiane Fleming, Washington, DCDiane is 75 years old and lives in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  She went on Medicare at age 65.  Five years ago, Diane was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and Medicare has covered the bills more...


Forum with Americans Whose Healthcare Would be Hurt by Tom Price’s Policies

January 19, 2017

Ann Serafin, Ferndale, MIAnn lives with multiple sclerosis and is covered by Medicare. Ann and her husband also supported Ann's mother for the last decade and, after years of financial stress, were able to get her mother into a nursing home, with the cost of her care covered by Medicaid.TestimonyDiane Fleming, Washington, DCDiane is 75 years old and lives in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  She went on Medicare at age 65.  Five years ago, Diane was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and Medicare has covered the bills more...


Senate Democrats Host Forum with Mnuchin Bank OneWest Foreclosure Victims

January 18, 2017

Colleen Ison-Hodroff, Minneapolis, MNColleen and her husband purchased their home in 1963, and after 55 years Financial Freedom, their reverse mortgage servicer, is trying to foreclose their home.TestimonyChristina Clifford, Whittier, CATestimonyHealth McCreary, Sparks, NVTestimonyPaula GonzalezTestimony more...


Forum with Workers Mistreated by Puzder

January 10, 2017

Christine L. OwensTestimonyLupe Guzman,Lupe is a 47 year old, single mother of six. She worked at Carl’s Jr. in Las Vegas for seven years. Lupe worked long hours, often not getting paid for her hours worked.TestimonyLaura McDonald,Laura worked for Mr. Puzder at Carl’s Jr. Ms. McDonald worked more than 60 hours a week, but the Labor budget only allowed her to be paid 47.5 hours per week.TestimonyRoberto Ramierz, Los Angeles, CARoberto worked at Carl’s Jr. in Los Angeles, where he resides, and ran into a more...

Releases

Senate Democrats Release New Captured Courts Report on One-Year Anniversary of Barrett Confirmation Showing String of Wins for Right-Wing Donor Interests

October 26, 2021

Big-money special interests reap huge return on dark-money investment Sweeping protection for dark money interests and widespread use of "shadow docket" dominate 6-3 Republican-appointed majority's record READ THE NEW REPORT HERE Washington, DC - Senate Democrats - led by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) - released a new more...


Senators Unveil New Captured Courts Report on Texas Assault on Reproductive Rights

September 29, 2021

Senate Democrats reveal dark-money scheme behind anti-abortion crusade Senate Democrats, led by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), released a new report in their Captured Courts series on the corrosive effect of a Supreme Court controlled by dark-money interests on women's reproductive freedom. The new report focuses on the "shadow docket" ruling by Republican more...


Schumer Recommends Groundbreaking Slate Of Three Progressive Women Candidates To Fill Judicial Vacancies On Prestigious Southern & Eastern District Of New York Fed Courts

September 1, 2021

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced today that he has recommended three exceptional women attorneys to serve as judges on the prestigious United States District Courts for the Southern District and Eastern Districts of New York. Schumer has forwarded the names of Jessica Clarke for the Southern District of New York and Nusrat Choudhury and Nina Morrison for the Eastern District to the administration of President Joe Biden. Schumer has also more...

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