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RELEASE: New State Data Show Weak Safety Net Policies Exacerbate Economic and Racial Inequalities

Washington, D.C. — A new report and accompanying data interactive from the Center for American Progress demonstrate that U.S. regions with larger populations of color have weaker safety nets and anti-poverty policies, and that regions with weaker safety nets have worse economic outcomes overall. The report and interactive look at data from the years 2000, 2010,...

RELEASE: New State Estimates Show How Much Build Back Better Could Lower Families’ Child Care Costs

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released new estimates for how much the typical family in all 50 states and the District of Columbia could save on child care costs if Congress were to pass President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda. Using state median income and child care cost data, the...

STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta Praises Frances Colón’s Nomination to PCAST

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden administration announced the nomination of Frances Colón to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). In response, John Podesta, Center for American Progress founder and member of the Board of Directors, issued the following statement: Frances will bring a smart perspective to PCAST on the intersection...

EVENT ADVISORY: Whip Clyburn, Health and Civil Rights Leaders To Discuss Imperative of Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap in Build Back Better

Washington, D.C. — Among the historic health care investments in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda is a plan to close the Medicaid coverage gap. Today, about 2.2 million people with family incomes below the federal poverty level—most of whom are people of color—are uninsured because they live in states where policymakers continue to block...

RELEASE: Policymakers Can Build Back Better and More Equitably by Increasing Educational Opportunities and Fortifying Systems To Ensure Continued Learning

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a major new report looking at why, as a matter of equity, policymakers must develop an education system capable of ensuring students—from early childhood through postsecondary education—can continue learning and succeeding, no matter where or how schooling happens. While the pandemic shined a light on the...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Ben Olinsky Urges Congress To Pass the Protecting Our Democracy Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, congressional Democrats reintroduced the Protecting Our Democracy Act, landmark legislation that would prevent the rampant abuse of presidential power seen during the Trump administration. In response, Ben Olinsky, senior vice president of Structural Reform and Governance at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: The brazen culture of corruption and...

STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta Praises Biden Commitment to International Climate Finance

Washington, D.C. — In response to President Joe Biden’s announcement that the United States would double its commitment to the $100 billion global climate fund, Center for American Progress founder John Podesta released the following statement: As our climate crisis intensifies, the world needs strong leadership toward a clean, safe future. Global leaders made a $100...

STATEMENT: 10 Years Since the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Congress Must Reaffirm Its Commitment to LGBTQ Americans by Passing the Equality Act

Washington, D.C. — Today marks 10 years since the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a 1994 law that barred LGBTQ people from openly serving in the U.S. military. The Center for American Progress is proud of its role in presenting a path forward for repeal. In response, Rudy deLeon, senior fellow for National Security...

STATEMENT: Biden Administration Acts To Protect Workers From Extreme Heat

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden administration launched a vital initiative to respond to increasing, dangerous instances of extreme heat, the most deadly current impact of a climate crisis that also fuels sea level rise, stronger storms, and raging floods. This initiative brings together the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Agriculture, as...

STATEMENT: The Fight Continues; It’s Time for Congressional Leaders To Deliver for Our Immigrant Communities, CAP’s Philip E. Wolgin Says

Washington, D.C. — On Sunday, U.S. Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough made an initial ruling against the proposal to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, individuals eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and immigrant essential workers, including farmworkers, in budget reconciliation. In response, Philip E. Wolgin, acting vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center...

RELEASE: CAP Column Analyzes How Infrastructure Bill Could Increase Women’s Participation in Construction Jobs

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress examines how the bipartisan infrastructure bill could be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand women’s access to construction jobs. Construction workers are uniquely well-compensated compared with workers in women-dominated occupations with similar educational requirements, such as child care workers, cashiers, waitstaff, and administrative assistants....

STATEMENT: Reps. Peters, Rice, and Schrader’s Opposition to Drug Pricing Proposal Threatens Passage of Build Back Better Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Scott Peters (D-CA), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) announced that they would oppose the drugs subtitle of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee chairman’s mark of the Build Back Better Act. This component of the package would empower Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices,...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Christy Goldfuss Praises Chairman Pallone for Moving Forward the Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy

Washington, D.C. — In response to the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of the Build Back Better Act, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: Today, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and the Energy and Commerce Committee moved a blueprint forward for a clean energy...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Ben Olinsky Urges Congress to Support Freedom to Vote Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, senators introduced the Freedom to Vote Act, a transformative reform measure that would strengthen voting rights, stop partisan gerrymandering, and reduce the influence of big money in politics. This measure is moving forward thanks to the leadership of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the bill’s...