Building an Economy for All

Economic growth must be built on the foundation of a strong and secure middle class so that all Americans, not just those at the top, benefit from growth.

A child holds hands with her father and mother, January 12, 2020. (Getty/The Washington Post/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

What We're Doing

Investing in a stronger and more equitable economy

We must continue to invest in research, technology, and innovation in a manner that ensures participation and benefits communities that are too often left behind. Only through such an approach can the United States remain at the cutting edge in an increasingly competitive global market.

Strengthening worker power and economic mobility

We need to increase wages, reduce poverty among working families, increase worker power, and create pathways to economic mobility for all.

Raising the floor for basic living standards

Working toward a stronger and more equitable economy for everyone involves rebuilding, expanding, and strengthening America’s social safety net to make it more comprehensive in eligibility and services as well as more flexible in how it can be accessed and used.

Creating a new social compact with business

A new social compact with business includes a regulatory vision that better aligns investors, companies, and the public interest on critical matters such as climate, workers’ rights, and equality.

By the numbers

60M

The families of more than 60 million children have received CTC monthly payments since July 2021.

CAP, “Making the CTC and EITC Expansions Permanent Would Reduce Poverty and Grow the Economy” (2021).

$100

In 32 states, a typical family would save more than $100 per week on child care under the Build Back Better Act.

CAP, “The Build Back Better Act Would Greatly Lower Families’ Child Care Costs” (2021).

$22.5B

In a year, workers and their families lose $22.5 billion in wages due to lack of access to paid family and medical leave.

CAP, “A Real Recovery for Women Cannot Happen Without the Build Back Better Agenda” (2021).

$3.6T

The Build Back Better Act would raise $3.6 trillion in revenue to support investments in an inclusive, high-growth economy.

CAP, “Addressing Tax System Failings That Favor Billionaires and Corporations” (2021).

What You Can Do

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Building Back Better: Investing in Improving Schools, Creating Jobs, and Strengthening Families and Our Economy Testimony

Building Back Better: Investing in Improving Schools, Creating Jobs, and Strengthening Families and Our Economy

Rasheed Malik, senior policy analyst for Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress, testified before a hearing on the importance of investing in schools and child care to strengthen families and the economy at the U.S. House of Representatives on April 28, 2021.

Rasheed Malik

Immigrants as Essential Workers During COVID-19 Testimony

Immigrants as Essential Workers During COVID-19

Tom Jawetz, vice president for Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on September 23, 2020.

Tom Jawetz

Building a More Dynamic Economy: The Benefits of Immigration Testimony

Building a More Dynamic Economy: The Benefits of Immigration

Tom Jawetz, vice president for Immigration Policy at American Progress, testified before a hearing on the benefits of immigration at the U.S. House of Representatives on June 26, 2019.

Tom Jawetz

Nevadans Can Take a Stand Against Conflicted Financial Advice Testimony

Nevadans Can Take a Stand Against Conflicted Financial Advice

CAP Director of Consumer Finance Joe Valenti testified before the Nevada Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy on conflicted financial advice.

Joe Valenti

The Importance of a Strong Federal Student Aid Office Testimony

The Importance of a Strong Federal Student Aid Office

Ben Miller, Senior Director for Postsecondary Education, testified before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ben Miller

Moving America’s Families Forward: Lessons Learned from Other Countries Testimony

Moving America’s Families Forward: Lessons Learned from Other Countries

Melissa Boteach, Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program, testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, November 17, 2015.

Melissa Boteach

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