STATEMENT: CAP Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Not Grant Certiorari on DACA Program at This Time

Washington, D.C. — In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not grant a writ of certiorari at this time on the Trump administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: CAP applauds the Supreme Court’s decision...

STATEMENT: Keeping Transgender Ban in Place Gives Credence to Dehumanizing Policy, CAP’s Laura E. Durso Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the five conservative justices on the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to temporarily enforce its new restrictions on transgender military service while litigation continues in lower courts. In response, Laura E. Durso, vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:...

STATEMENT: No Legitimate Negotiation Can Happen While Trump Is Starving American Workers to Get His Way, Says CAP’s Neera Tanden

Washington, D.C. — In response to the Trump administration's so-called compromise proposal to Democrats—which was negotiated unilaterally, without consultation from Democrats, and falls well short of a real bipartisan solution that would protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients—Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: President...

STATEMENT: Trump Couldn’t Be More Wrong About NAP and HUD Funding for Puerto Rico, Says CAP’s Enrique Fernández-Toledo

Washington, D.C. — In response to the Trump administration’s opposition to H.R. 268, or the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019—which provides supplemental disaster relief, including $600 million in funding for Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP)—Enrique Fernández-Toledo, director of the Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:...

EVENT ADVISORY: Mayors of San Francisco, Oakland, Philadelphia, Gary, and Sacramento Discuss Innovations in Affordable Housing and Fighting Homelessness

Washington, D.C. — As rent and home prices continue to outpace incomes, rental markets tighten, and housing development lags behind population growth, more and more people are struggling to pay rent or afford their mortgage, and homelessness continues to rise. At the same time, the Trump administration has exacerbated the housing crisis by rolling back...

RELEASE: 5 Ways the Trump Shutdown is Especially Harming Low-Income Workers, Families, and Communities

Washington, D.C. — As the government shutdown continues toward the one-month mark, the impacts are being felt by an increasingly broad swath of the American public. In addition to furloughed federal workers, this cruel, manufactured crisis has added immeasurable uncertainty to already stressed low-wage workers and families, disproportionately harming low-income families with children, Native and...

RELEASE: LEAD Innovation Fund Would Spur New Technologies, Reduce Prohibitive Costs of Lead Testing

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report outlining a proposal—the Lead Exposure Activity Detection (LEAD) Innovation Fund—to reduce the prohibitive costs of testing for poisonous lead. Currently, nearly half of schools in the United States have not tested for the presence of lead in their drinking water within the past year—and...

STATEMENT: Barr’s Record Demonstrates That He Is Too Extreme To Be Attorney General

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee finished hearings to consider the nomination of William Barr to the attorney general's office. In response, Jacob Leibenluft, executive vice president for Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: William Barr painted himself as a moderate during his confirmation hearings, but his record demonstrates...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Praises the Raise the Wage Act, Which Would Establish a $15 Minimum Wage by 2024

Washington, D.C. — Today, Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate introduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 and give roughly 40 million Americans a raise. Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement in response: The introduction of the Raise...

RELEASE: Policy Recommendations for States to Combat Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women's Initiative at the Center for American Progress released a new report exploring how states and localities are confronting sexual harassment. The report highlights different strategies, undertaken by workers, policymakers, and the private sector that are beginning to have a real impact—such as providing workers with panic buttons, requiring comprehensive training, ending forced arbitration,...

RELEASE: Environmental Leaders Demand Delay of Wheeler Confirmation Hearing Until Shutdown Ends

Washington, D.C. — Today, the leaders of nine major environmental and public health organizations delivered a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) demanding a postponement of Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing until President Donald Trump’s wasteful government shutdown has...

STATEMENT: Trump’s Plan to Divert Funds for Disaster-Damaged Areas for His Racist Abuse Is Illegal and Disturbing, Say Puerto Rico and Legal Experts

Washington, D.C. — In response to news that the Trump administration could illegally pull billions in funding—set aside for areas damaged by natural disasters, including Puerto Rico—from the Army Corps of Engineers and Army Corps to build his ill-conceived border wall,  Enrique Fernández-Toledo,  director of Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress,...

RELEASE: How An Ohio City Turned the Tide on Opioid Deaths

Washington, D.C. — For the better part of a decade, Dayton, Ohio, had one of the highest opioid death rates in the country. In the past year, Dayton has reversed that trend. In 2018, overdose deaths were half that of the previous year. To do this, Dayton and the surrounding Montgomery County completely overhauled their response...