EVENT ADVISORY: Mayors of San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Gary, and Sacramento Discuss Innovations in Affordable Housing and Fighting Homelessness

Washington, D.C. — As rent and home prices continue to outpace incomes, rental markets tighten, and housing development lags behind population growth, more and more people are struggling to pay rent or afford their mortgage, and homelessness continues to rise. At the same time, the Trump administration has exacerbated the housing crisis by rolling back...

RELEASE: 5 Ways the Trump Shutdown is Especially Harming Low-Income Workers, Families, and Communities

Washington, D.C. — As the government shutdown continues toward the one-month mark, the impacts are being felt by an increasingly broad swath of the American public. In addition to furloughed federal workers, this cruel, manufactured crisis has added immeasurable uncertainty to already stressed low-wage workers and families, disproportionately harming low-income families with children, Native and...

RELEASE: LEAD Innovation Fund Would Spur New Technologies, Reduce Prohibitive Costs of Lead Testing

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report outlining a proposal—the Lead Exposure Activity Detection (LEAD) Innovation Fund—to reduce the prohibitive costs of testing for poisonous lead. Currently, nearly half of schools in the United States have not tested for the presence of lead in their drinking water within the past year—and...

STATEMENT: Barr’s Record Demonstrates That He Is Too Extreme To Be Attorney General

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee finished hearings to consider the nomination of William Barr to the attorney general's office. In response, Jacob Leibenluft, executive vice president for Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: William Barr painted himself as a moderate during his confirmation hearings, but his record demonstrates...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Praises the Raise the Wage Act, Which Would Establish a $15 Minimum Wage by 2024

Washington, D.C. — Today, Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate introduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 and give roughly 40 million Americans a raise. Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement in response: The introduction of the Raise...

RELEASE: Policy Recommendations for States to Combat Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women's Initiative at the Center for American Progress released a new report exploring how states and localities are confronting sexual harassment. The report highlights different strategies, undertaken by workers, policymakers, and the private sector that are beginning to have a real impact—such as providing workers with panic buttons, requiring comprehensive training, ending forced arbitration,...

RELEASE: Environmental Leaders Demand Delay of Wheeler Confirmation Hearing Until Shutdown Ends

Washington, D.C. — Today, the leaders of nine major environmental and public health organizations delivered a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) demanding a postponement of Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing until President Donald Trump’s wasteful government shutdown has...

STATEMENT: Trump’s Plan to Divert Funds for Disaster-Damaged Areas for His Racist Abuse Is Illegal and Disturbing, Say Puerto Rico and Legal Experts

Washington, D.C. — In response to news that the Trump administration could illegally pull billions in funding—set aside for areas damaged by natural disasters, including Puerto Rico—from the Army Corps of Engineers and Army Corps to build his ill-conceived border wall,  Enrique Fernández-Toledo,  director of Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress,...

RELEASE: How An Ohio City Turned the Tide on Opioid Deaths

Washington, D.C. — For the better part of a decade, Dayton, Ohio, had one of the highest opioid death rates in the country. In the past year, Dayton has reversed that trend. In 2018, overdose deaths were half that of the previous year. To do this, Dayton and the surrounding Montgomery County completely overhauled their response...

RELEASE: CAP and Democracy Forward Put DHS on Notice to Preserve Agency Records Related to the Deaths of 2 Minors

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress and Democracy Forward notified the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of its obligations under the Federal Records Act (FRA) to retain records relevant to the deaths of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin and Felipe Gómez Alonzo and the care of similarly situated children in the custody...

STATEMENT: No Nomination Hearing for Wheeler While EPA Staff Goes Unpaid

Washington, D.C. — After the official nomination of acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to head the agency, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: Andrew Wheeler should not be allowed to interview for a promotion while his staff goes unpaid as...

STATEMENT: CAP Applauds Congressional Democrats for Reintroducing Bill to Establish Puerto Rico Hurricanes Commission

Enrique Fernández-Toledo, director of the Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative for the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: We congratulate Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for reintroducing legislation to establish a...

RELEASE: New CAP Report Highlights How States Can Support Competition and Boost Worker Pay by Limiting Noncompete and No-Poaching Clauses

Washington, D.C. — Noncompete clauses and no-poaching agreements have typically been associated with top-level talent in the corporate world, but there is growing evidence that across industries of all types—from fast-food to check cashing to information service providers—corporations are requiring employees to sign agreements pledging not to join rival firms and even mandating no-poaching agreements between firms. For instance, nearly 40 percent of workers report having signed a noncompete...