RELEASE: Bold Solutions to Fight Private Prison Industry’s Influence on Immigration Detention Policy

Washington, D.C. — The private prison industry spends big money in political contributions and lobbying and now stands to reap massive profits from immigration detention policy decisions made by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress. The industry’s two largest companies, GEO Group Inc....

STATEMENT: New Indictment on Russian Hacking Shows States Must Improve Election Security

Washington, D.C. – After 12 Russian intelligence officials were charged with interfering in the 2016 election and conspiring to steal state election data, Liz Kennedy, senior director of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: This indictment is yet more proof that state election systems remain vulnerable to...

RELEASE: New CAP Proposal Would Give Teachers a $10,000 Raise

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new proposal to vastly increase teacher pay using the federal tax code. The proposal’s release comes on the heels of several months of teacher strikes across the country that have shone a light on the critical state of teacher compensation in the United States,...

RELEASE: States Could Boost Low Voter Turnout by Millions With Key Policy Changes, CAP Report Says

Washington, D.C. — After historically low turnout during the 2016 elections and 2014 midterms, a new report from the Center for American Progress finds that states could encourage millions more eligible Americans to vote by adopting policies that increase voter turnout and make voting more convenient. If adopted by every state, automatic voter registration (AVR), same-day...

RELEASE: Rethinking Accountability to Get Repayment Rates Right

Washington, D.C.— Congressional proposals to rewrite the Higher Education Act (HEA) for the first time in a decade are considering holding colleges accountable by measuring the extent to which borrowers repay their federal instead loans instead of the rate at which they default. As these efforts continue, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress...

STATEMENT: A Vote to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh Is a Vote to Strip Health Care Protections from Millions, CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — After President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: This nomination is key to President Trump’s plan to strip health care protections from millions of people through the courts. After...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the June 2018 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the June 2018 Employment Situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The U.S. Department of Labor reports the economy added 213,000 jobs in June, with an unemployment rate of 4.0 percent. Slow wage growth of 2.7 percent over...

STATEMENT: Pruitt Was Symbol of Trump Administration’s Corruption, CAP’s Christy Goldfuss Says

Washington, D.C. – After the announcement that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: Scott Pruitt was the most scandal-plagued Cabinet member in an administration rife with corruption. It is telling that President Trump let Pruitt...

RELEASE: CAP Outlines Goals for U.S. in Iraq After Fact-Finding Mission

Washington, D.C. — Even as the threat of the Islamic State recedes, the United States must continue to play an active role in Iraq and redouble diplomatic efforts to help shape Iraqi politics, according to the results of a recent fact-finding mission conducted by the Center for American Progress. The results of the trip are...

STATEMENT: Both Chambers Should Use Senate’s Farm Bill as Basis for Final Bill, says CAP’s Jacob Leibenluft

Washington, D.C. — Jacob Leibenluft, executive vice president for Policy at the Center for the American Progress, issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill by a vote of 86-11: The Senate spoke loudly and clearly on Thursday. On a bipartisan basis, they overwhelmingly passed a Farm Bill that maintains the integrity of...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden, Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA), and Co-Founder of the Players Coalition Malcolm Jenkins on Enactment of Pennsylvania’s Bipartisan Clean Slate Legislation

Washington D.C. — Today, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed first-in-the-nation bipartisan clean slate legislation that will automatically seal certain minor nonviolent misdemeanor records for people who stay crime-free for 10 years, as well as arrest records that never led to conviction, without a waiting period. The Center for American Progress is proud to have worked...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Liz Kennedy Praises House Democrats’ Bold Democracy Reform Legislative Resolution

Washington, D.C. — Today, House Democrats unveiled a formal resolution that includes specific policies to fight corruption in government and empower voters. This follows up on bold democracy reform legislation introduced by House and Senate Democrats last month. These policies are aimed at limiting the financial power of lobbyists and wealthy special interests in politics;...