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Economy

July 2014

article icon Issue Brief Despite an improving labor market, Congress needs to do more to create opportunity for all American families.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Poverty

Improving Economic Opportunity

article icon Issue Brief Successful anti-poverty solutions should be coordinated in a way that meets the needs of families and should build upon lessons learned from successful programs across the country. Efforts to improve the safety net should also be paired with broader reforms and investments to tackle the root causes of poverty.

By Melissa Boteach and Megan Martin | Thursday, July 24, 2014

child immigrants
Immigration

Citizenship Matters

book_alt2 icon Report The children of immigrants are a critical—but often overlooked—demographic who care deeply about how both parties act on immigration, and will be influential in shaping the future of American politics.

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Vanessa Carter, and Jared Sanchez | Thursday, July 24, 2014

A young migrant girl waits for a freight train to depart on her way to the U.S. border, in Ixtepec, Mexico.
Immigration

The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

article icon Issue Brief The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.

By Dan Restrepo and Ann Garcia | Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) addresses a gathering at a town hall meeting
Energy and Environment

How Leaving RGGI Leaves New Jersey Behind

Giving up his plot to leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would be a relatively simple and effective way for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to implement proposed carbon-pollution limits while strengthening New Jersey’s health and economy.

By Danielle Baussan | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan
Poverty

The Speech Rep. Ryan Should Give

If past is prologue, Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest poverty proposals will exacerbate poverty and inequality. But there are alternative, effective policy options to grow the middle class.

By Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Apprentices with Ocean Spray Cranberries attend a ceremony
Economy

The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America

bars icon Charts The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships, a proven workforce training tool that would help American businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.

By Sarah Ayres and Ethan Gurwitz | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chief Illiniwek performs
Race and Ethnicity

Missing the Point

book_alt2 icon Report The harmful impacts of the Washington football team’s name are part of a much larger problem in our country, and one in which local, state, and federal education agencies can make a difference.

By Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Federal Budget

Biennial Budgeting Would Be a Setback in Efforts to Reform Congressional Budgeting

Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, on the question of two-year budgeting.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, July 21, 2014

Radiation therapists use X-rays to show the exact position of a patient's tumor in the left lung
Health Care

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Unproven Proton Radiation Therapy Wastes Millions of Dollars

article icon Fact Sheet New proton therapy technology costs Medicare and seniors millions of dollars but offers zero improvement for prostate cancer patients.

By Topher Spiro, Thomas Huelskoetter, and Gina Phillipi | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Energy and Environment

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

By Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014

National Security

Toward a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran

article icon Issue Brief The United States and its international partners are nearing the deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. Three key components will ensure Iran’s nuclear program is used only for peaceful purposes.

By Benjamin Armbruster | Thursday, July 17, 2014