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Economic growth must be built on the foundation of a strong and secure middle class so that all Americans benefit from growth.
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.
We need to increase wages, reduce poverty among working families, increase worker power, and create pathways to economic mobility for all.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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New analysis by the Center for American Progress shows that working women have cumulatively lost $61 trillion in wages since 1967.
The Center for American Progress submitted a letter to the Department of Treasury requesting guidance on Puerto Rico’s eligibility for investments in the Inflation Reduction Act.
The Biden administration’s legislative achievements offer promise in expanding and sustaining employment and wage gains for working-class women.
The Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credit monetization provisions have the potential to transform the landscape of clean energy finance.
Congressional leaders have reintroduced the FAMILY Act, which would provide paid family and medical leave to workers across the country.
Please join the Center for American Progress to discuss the multitude of issues faced by older women and to explore solutions to improve their lives.
Older women have made significant recoveries from their disproportionate labor force declines due to the pandemic and will become a larger share of the labor force in the coming decade, but there are many women in this age group who face barriers to enter and stay in the labor force.
Molly Weston Williamson explains the national importance of Minnesota becoming the first state in the Midwest to guarantee paid leave.
With the governor’s signature, Minnesota’s new legislation will guarantee paid family and medical leave to nearly all workers, starting in 2026.
Bobby Kogan testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee about the national debt.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion with esteemed experts on the economic consequences of default.
As the U.S. Department of Education prepares to publish its final gainful employment rule, learn more about the history of this key consumer safeguard meant to eliminate the worst actors before multitudes of students fall prey to poor practices.
New analysis shows that millions of veterans may experience delays in receiving their pensions, disability compensation, educational allowances, or health care if Congress doesn’t raise, suspend, or eliminate the debt ceiling.
Guaranteeing paid leave for all would powerfully bolster economic security in retirement, particularly for women.
A national, guaranteed right to paid sick time is essential for the well-being of workers and their families and would have profound positive impacts on public health and businesses.
Failure to increase the debt limit would have grave consequences for the U.S. economy, the global financial system, and the well-being of American families.
Union membership not only increases wealth for working-class families but also narrows racial wealth gaps and offers a path to the middle class.
The Ability to Benefit provision for federal financial aid is underutilized but has great potential to increase educational attainment among adults without high school diplomas.
The Child Care for Working Families Act aims to expand access to and lower the cost of care for families, support child care workers, and address racial and gender disparities in the child care system.
Federal banking regulators should incorporate climate-related guidance, information, and analysis in their oversight of small and midsize banks.
In addressing the recent instability within the U.S. financial system, regulators must confront continuing risk and bank fragility.
Leaders in the House Republican caucus are trying to gut the Biden administration’s climate law; here’s what Americans stand to lose.
The creation of additional bureaucracy to take basic supports away from Americans would be costly to the federal government and ineffective in promoting employment.
The House Republican proposal to cap discretionary funding would lead to deep programmatic cuts, slashing funding by nearly 60 percent within a decade.
Millions of young people are disconnected from work and school, but Congress can help them access subsidized employment and supportive services to jump-start their careers.
Rose Khattar and Lauren Hoffman explain how President Biden’s historic economic investments offer an opportunity to bring women more good-paying jobs in fields where they have been underrepresented.
President Biden’s fiscal year 2024 tax proposal would impose new taxes on unearned income, while improving the child tax credit.
The CFPB faces legal and political challenges amid instability in the banking system.
The working class works primarily in service-sector jobs and is more racially and ethnically diverse than ever.
Second chance policies help returning citizens access education, workforce training, and other wraparound services to prepare for success in the labor market and build long-term financial stability.
Georgia Tech doctoral student Juanita Hidalgo explains how a lack of domestic solar manufacturing contributes to fewer opportunities for students like her. But with new solar manufacturing projects spurred by the Inflation Reduction Act, Hidalgo is hopeful for expanded career opportunities in renewable energy.
Rural Pennsylvania resident Rachael Grinnell experienced disruptions to work due to a lack of access to affordable and reliable internet. She discusses her excitement for federal investments to expand high-speed, reliable internet to connect her rural community.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an event featuring an expert panel discussing their vision for equitable access to birth control in the United States.
To improve recruitment, training, and retention in the construction industry, states should utilize infrastructure funds to address workers’ child care needs.
Jared C. Bass, senior director for Higher Education at the Center for American Progress, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education on the importance of funding for the Office of Federal Student Aid.