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Expertise: Democracy and government reform, legal policy, regulatory policy, appropriations

Sam Berger is the vice president of Democracy and Government Reform at American Progress. Previously, he was the senior adviser at American Progress. His areas of expertise include health care policy, government reform, regulatory policy, appropriations, and administrative law. From 2015 to 2017, Berger served as a senior policy adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where his work focused on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. From 2010 to 2015, Berger worked at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in various roles, including senior counselor and policy adviser. While at the OMB, Berger worked on a variety of legal and policy issues, including the government shutdown, sequestration, executive orders, and presidential memoranda. Berger is a graduate of Swarthmore College and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

By Sam Berger
Unions Are Democratically Organized, Corporations Are NotCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2020
It’s Past Time To Grant D.C. StatehoodCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2020
Trump’s War on the Postal Service Hurts All AmericansCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2020
Reckoning With Conservatives’ Bad Faith Cost-Benefit AnalysisCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2020
How a Future President Can Hold the Trump Administration AccountableCenter for American ProgressAugust 5, 2020
Will Trump cement the DACA program into law if he tries to upend it again?The HillJuly 10, 2020
Pardoning Roger Stone Could Itself Be an Unpardonable CrimeJust SecurityJuly 9, 2020
No, Trump hasn’t learned a lesson. He’s got a record of misusing taxpayer funds.The Washington PostFebruary 3, 2020
Trump Committed Crimes in His Ukraine ShakedownCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2020
Holding up Ukraine aid was illegal. Trump’s White House knew before GAO said so.The Washington PostJanuary 17, 2020
GAO Decided Trump’s Hold on Ukraine Funding Was Illegal and It Wasn’t a Tough CallJust SecurityJanuary 17, 2020
Senators Must Be Briefed on Russian Disinformation Before the Impeachment TrialCenter for American ProgressDecember 23, 2019
End Gerrymandering To Help Prevent Gun ViolenceCenter for American ProgressDecember 17, 2019
Federal Criminal Offenses and the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump: The Impoundment Act (non-criminal law)Just SecurityDecember 16, 2019
The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal PolicymakingCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2019
Trump’s Hold on Ukrainian Military Aid was IllegalJust SecurityNovember 26, 2019
Worse Than WatergateCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2019
Ukrainian Funding Delay Created a Paper Trail That Congress Should FollowJust SecurityOctober 3, 2019
Trump has turned the government against the middle classMarketWatchAugust 14, 2019
Trump invites foreigners to distort 2020 elections. Why won’t he protect his own country?USA TodayJune 13, 2019
Structural Reforms to the Federal JudiciaryCenter for American ProgressMay 8, 2019
Conservatives are already packing the courts. Democrats must respond to this power grab.USA TodayMay 7, 2019
3 of Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks Could Cost People Almost $42 Billion a YearCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2019
Bold Democracy Reforms That Build on H.R. 1Center for American ProgressApril 10, 2019
Conservative Court PackingCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2019
President Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks Are an Attack on Americans’ WalletsCenter for American ProgressMarch 27, 2019
Trump is ignoring the law to keep the shutdown from causing him political painThe Washington PostJanuary 15, 2019
When the Pardon Furthers the Conspiracy: Limits to the Pardon PowerJust SecurityJanuary 9, 2019
Trump’s Plan to Have the Military Build a Wall is IllegalJust SecurityJanuary 8, 2019
New Year, New Congress, Same Stupid Trump ShutdownCenter for American ProgressJanuary 3, 2019
Conservatives Are Using the Courts to Attack Health Care for All AmericansCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2018
Reflections on the Congressional Budget ActCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2018
These Conservative State Officials’ Lawsuits Attacking Federal Protections Harm Their Fellow ResidentsCenter for American ProgressOctober 23, 2018
Interactive: Tracking Trump’s Sabotage of the ACACAP ActionOctober 4, 2018
Ensuring the Special Counsel’s Independence if Rosenstein Is FiredCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2018
Lessons From WatergateCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2018
Obstructing Justice Through Pardons Is an Impeachable OffenseCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2018
Opinion: Trump sells regulatory favors to his donorsMarketWatchJune 14, 2018
Confronting the Cost of Trump’s Corruption to American FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2018
Republicans Succeeded at Raising Insurance Premiums for Too ManyThe HillMay 22, 2018
A Year into Mueller’s Investigation, Here’s the Case for CollusionNew York Daily NewsMay 17, 2018
Fixing the Budget Process, One Step at a TimeThe HillMay 11, 2018
Mueller’s Choice of Criminal Charges: Why the Trump Team Should Be Very WorriedJust SecurityMarch 12, 2018
How Trump Is Letting Businesses Steal Money From WorkersFortuneJanuary 31, 2018
State of the Union Preview: Trump Is Rigging the Economy Against Workers and the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2018
Recommended Actions For States To Protect Their Health Insurance MarketsHealth AffairsJanuary 22, 2018
The Cost of Corruption: Waste and Abuse in President Trump’s CabinetCenter for American ProgressJanuary 16, 2018
3 Ways that States Can Stop Ongoing Health Care SabotageCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2018
Is Trump Planning to Distract from His Tax Bill by Causing a Government Shutdown?Center for American ProgressDecember 6, 2017
The GOP Tax Bill Would Hit Trump Supporters HardestRealClearPolicyNovember 28, 2017
The Senate Tax Bill Would Eliminate Programs for Farmers, Crime Victims, the Elderly, and ChildrenCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2017
The Senate Tax Bill Threatens Access to Health CareCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2017
Not in a Million Years: The House’s Proposed Windfall for DonorsCenter for American ProgressNovember 13, 2017
Pruitt’s Plan: See No Taxpayer, Hear No Taxpayer, Help No TaxpayerThe Huffington PostOctober 18, 2017
Trump Is the Reason the Constitution Has an Anti-Corruption ClauseCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2017
Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory AgendaCenter for American ProgressOctober 2, 2017
Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill Would Cause Huge Premium Increases for People with Pre-Existing ConditionsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2017
The Trump Premium Tax Will Increase Premiums Up to $2,500 Next YearCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2017
The Senate Health Care Bill Would Give Millions to Drug Companies Accused of Helping Fuel the Opioid CrisisCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2017
Coverage Losses Under the Senate Health Care Bill Could Result in 18,100 to 27,700 Additional Deaths in 2026Center for American ProgressJune 22, 2017
Senate Health Care Bill Could Drive Up Coverage Costs for Maternity Care and Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder TreatmentCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2017
Another Voice: Health care bill would have catastrophic consequencesThe Buffalo NewsMay 12, 2017
The Regulatory Accountability Act Would Spread the Asbestos ProblemCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2017
Trump’s Regulatory Accountability Act Is a License to KillCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2017
The Numbers Don’t Lie—Trump’s First 100 Days Put Big Business Before Hardworking FamiliesInsideSourcesApril 26, 2017
The Trump Uncertainty Rate HikeCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2017
100 Days of Trump’s Legislation: Giveaways to Big Business at the Expense of Working FamiliesCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2017
Premium Increases for Pre-Existing Conditions Under Latest ACA Repeal Plan, by StateCenter for American ProgressApril 21, 2017
Latest ACA Repeal Plan Would Explode Premiums for People with Pre-Existing ConditionsCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2017
Trump’s New Plan to Penalize the SickCenter for American ProgressApril 6, 2017
A Challenge to Progressives on ChoiceCenter for American ProgressJuly 18, 2007
Keeping the Doctor Away: Ideology Is This Administration’s PrescriptionCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2007
Estranged BedfellowsCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2007
Putting Progress Before PoliticsCenter for American ProgressJune 22, 2007
Bad Medicine, Again: Bush Stem Cell Veto All WrongCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2007
One Good Turn Deserves AnotherCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2007
Let Science Dictate ResearchCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2007
Keep the Focus on the FedsCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2007
Divided We Fail: The Need for National Stem Cell FundingCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2007
HOPE Is Not EnoughCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2007
Stop Politicizing Scientific TerminologyCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2007
Mandatory OppositionCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2007
The Defining ProblemCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2007
Scaring Off ScienceCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2007
Ad Hominem Ad NauseamCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2007
Alternative Sources of Stem Cell TruthCenter for American ProgressJanuary 11, 2007
It Takes All KindsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2007
Third Time’s the HarmCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2006
A New Type of Values VoterCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2006
The Not-So-Silent Stem Cell MajorityCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2006
When In Rome (or Wisconsin)Center for American ProgressNovember 13, 2006
One Small Step for Missouri, One Giant Leap for Stem-Cell ResearchCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2006
“Rush” to JudgmentCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2006
Minding the Stem Cell GapCenter for American ProgressOctober 23, 2006
Paying Attention to the Little ThingsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2006
Stemming and HawingCenter for American ProgressSeptember 11, 2006
Too Much to AskCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2006
Taking Stem Cells SeriouslyCenter for American ProgressJuly 27, 2006
Sound, Fury and Substance: The Stem Cell Legislation PackageCenter for American ProgressJuly 6, 2006
Fact-Checking the President’s Statement on the Marriage AmendmentCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2006
Don’t Cell Out the American PeopleCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2006
Crib Sheet: Hyperstimulating the ControversyCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2006
The Silent Stem Cell MajorityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2006
Don’t Let Politics Interfere in the Fight against Cervical CancerCenter for American ProgressJanuary 6, 2006
For the Sake of National Security, Fix the Public Health SystemCenter for American ProgressDecember 23, 2005
Plugging the Gaps in BiodefenseCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2005