STATEMENT: President Biden’s Executive Actions on Racial Equity Are Important Steps Toward Building a More Just and Inclusive Society

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden outlined his vision for promoting racial equity and signed a series of executive actions to increase equality and address discrimination. Following the signing of the actions, Sam Fulwood III, senior fellow and interim vice president for Race and Ethnicity at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:...

RELEASE: Conservation Plans Must Respect Tribal Sovereignty and Support the Work of Indigenous Communities

Washington, D.C. — In its push to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and ocean by 2030—known as the 30x30 plan—the Biden administration should respect tribal sovereignty and support conservation efforts led by Indigenous communities, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress. By pledging to provide Native American tribes with...

RELEASE: CAP Outlines Key Gun Violence Prevention Priorities for the New Congress and Administration

Washington, D.C. — While much of the country’s attention in 2020 was focused on the global pandemic, widespread calls for racial justice and police accountability, and a chaotic presidential election, another public health crisis continued unabated with little notice: gun violence. Early data suggest that there were more than 19,000 murders committed with a gun...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Winnie Stachelberg Applauds President Biden’s Decision To Rescind the Transgender Military Ban

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order reversing the previous administration’s discriminatory ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. The 2017 directive was not made in consultation with top U.S. Department of Defense officials and was in fact met with widespread condemnation from within the military community itself. In...

STATEMENT: Biden’s Executive Orders To Address Hunger in the United States Will Save Lives

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders to address the growing hunger crisis in the United States. Following the signing of the orders, Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines, vice president of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: At a time when tens of...

STATEMENT: President Biden’s Executive Order Raising the Minimum Wage and Expanding Paid Leave Will Improve the Lives of U.S. Working Families

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden took action to put federal agencies on a path toward raising the minimum wage for federal employees and contract workers to $15 dollars per hour, providing them with emergency paid leave, and restoring essential collective bargaining rights and protections to federal employees. The order builds on previous actions taken by...

RELEASE: Experts and Advocates Discuss Legalization of Undocumented Essential Workers in Economic Recovery as More Than 500 Organizations Call on Congress To Act

Washington, D.C. — As President Joe Biden and Congress begin work on a coronavirus relief and economic recovery package, a diverse group of more than 500 national, state, and local organizations representing a broad range of interests and constituencies wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The signatories requested...

RELEASE: Repairing Trans-Atlantic Partnership Requires Commitment to Progressive Values

Washington, D.C. — Relations between the United States and its longtime allies in Europe reached a historic low during the Trump administration as the former president actively sought to undermine the long-standing pillars of the trans-Atlantic relationship, questioned America’s decadeslong security commitment to NATO, and launched sustained attacks on the European Union. A new report...

STATEMENT: New Executive Orders Signal a Reset in the United States’ Pandemic Response, Says CAP’s Maura Calsyn

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders to bolster the government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Maura Calsyn, interim vice president of Health Policy at CAP, released the following statement: By taking swift action on his first full day in office, President Biden is hitting the reset button...

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Experts and Advocates Discuss Urgent Need To Include Legalization for Essential Workers in Economy Recovery

Washington, D.C. — On the heels of a sweeping day one bill and executive orders on immigration, and as the Biden-Harris administration charges forward to end the pandemic and repair its economic harm, experts and advocates urge Congress to use all legislative tools—including reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority—to include permanent protections and a path...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Winnie Stachelberg on President Biden’s Executive Orders Protecting LGBTQ People

Washington, D.C. — In a historic first, President Joe Biden used the first moments of his administration to take important steps to protect millions of LGBTQ Americans from discrimination and advance equity for LGBTQ people in all areas of life. Last summer, in a landmark ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, the U.S. Supreme Court extended federal protections...

STATEMENT: President Biden’s Executive Actions Are a Necessary and Welcome First Step in Building a More Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration System, CAP’s Tom Jawetz says

Washington, D.C. — Today, just hours after taking the oath of office, President Joe Biden signed several executive orders and presidential memoranda to begin to reverse some of the Trump administration's worst abuses and to build a more fair, humane, and workable immigration system that reflects America at its best. In response, Tom Jawetz, vice...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Maggie Siddiqi Praises Executive Order To End Muslim Ban and Uphold Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to repeal the previous administration’s attempt to ban entry for refugees and residents of several African and Muslim-majority countries. In response, Maggie Siddiqi, director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: The Biden administration...