STATEMENT: HHS Guidance on Upholding Civil Rights of Disabled People Is a Good First Step, Says CAP’s Rebecca Cokley

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights issued a new bulletin reminding health care providers of their obligations under laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and exercise of conscience and religion in HHS-funded programs....

RELEASE: Compromise Legislation Leaves Disabled People Behind, Lawmakers Must Step Up in Next Deal

Washington, D.C. — Congress' first three coronavirus response packages offered few provisions to meet the needs of the 61 million disabled people living in the United States, essentially ignoring one of the country's most vulnerable populations in terms of health and finances. A new analysis by Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at...

STATEMENT: The Struggle Against COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals How Little Thought the Administration Gave to the Consequences of Terminating DACA, Including for Recipients Working on the Frontlines, CAP’s Tom Jawetz Says

Washington, D.C — Today, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients currently fighting to preserve their protections in the U.S. Supreme Court filed a request notifying the court that the novel coronavirus pandemic is further exposing inadequacies in the administration’s termination of DACA. While the filing requests permission to submit supplemental briefing, it clearly lays...

RELEASE: Structural Racism Puts People of Color at Greater Risk During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress demonstrates why and how structural racism puts communities of color at greater risk of exposure to the coronavirus and concludes that communities of color will likely face worse health outcomes if they contract the virus. The findings include: People of color disproportionately reside in densely...

RELEASE: Lawmakers Must Strengthen SNAP in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — The coronavirus crisis is exacerbating America's food security crisis. In 2019, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helped feed 38 million people across the country, and that number is likely to increase in the coming weeks and months, as millions continue to file for unemployment. A new analysis from the Center for American...

RELEASE: The US Should Be Leading the Global Response to the Coronavirus Crisis, CAP Analysis Says

Washington, D.C. — A new column from the Center for American Progress outlines how the United States can lead the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saving lives at home and abroad. The coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, represents the first major global crisis since the Cold War where the United States has not led the...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Reacts to Compromise ‘Phase 3’ Public Health and Economic Rescue Package

Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement reacting to a compromise "Phase 3" public health and economic rescue package: Our greatest immediate challenge is getting this public health crisis under control. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with the rest of the...

EVENT ADVISORY: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know – A Livestream With CAP’s Experts

Washington, D.C. — The coronavirus—which causes the disease COVID-19—is now a global pandemic with huge impacts on every aspect of life. In the United States, differing accounts of severity of the crisis and what actions should be taken are coming from the president, Congress, federal agencies, governors, and local authorities, which is contributing to the...

RELEASE: Nearly 5 Million Health Care Workers May Need Child Care in Light of School and Child Care Program Closures

Washington, D.C. — For weeks, schools and child care programs across the country have closed their doors in response to a dramatic increase in transmissions of coronavirus. In light of the unprecedented demands on America's health care workforce, today, the Center for American Progress released new analysis of data from all states and Washington, D.C.,...

RELEASE: Despite Progress Made, Many Families Continue to Lack Paid Leave Protections Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new column examining the leave protections in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which passed Congress and was signed into law last week. The analysis uses U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data to identify how many private sector workers work for employers who have been...

STATEMENT: CAP Endorses Bill That Would Require President Trump To Take Action Under Defense Production Act To Combat Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. — Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has introduced a bill outlining specific actions that should be taken under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to expedite the procurement of medical equipment and other essential goods to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Despite several conflicting announcements, President Donald Trump has not yet used the full...

RELEASE: Buying a Gun During the COVID-19 Crisis Could Put Families and Communities at Risk

Washington, D.C. — While many people are stockpiling toilet paper, flour, and milk during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a troubling new trend has also emerged: Americans stockpiling guns. But contrary to what the National Rifle Association and others in the gun lobby would have you think, increased gun ownership is more likely to exacerbate the existing public health...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden: McConnell’s Bill Put Corporations Ahead of Workers; Now Is the Time To Pass a People-Centered Rescue Package

Washington, D.C. — Earlier today, the U.S. Senate rejected the revised “phase 3” stimulus bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Following the 47-47 procedural vote, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: Shame on any senator who voted for Leader McConnell’s ploy to put the wish lists of big corporations ahead of the needs of workers and families at this time...

RELEASE: Leader McConnell’s Coronavirus “Phase 3” Bill Fails to Meet the Moment, According to In-Depth CAP Analysis

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress outlines the shortcomings in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) proposed coronavirus stimulus bill. The analysis looks at how the McConnell’s proposals would impact families and workers, the economy, the health care system, people with disabilities, and education and child care. The analysis finds that Leader McConnell’s proposal...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden on Leader McConnell’s Coronavirus Phase 3 Legislative Proposal

Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement tonight reacting to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) coronavirus "phase three" legislative proposal: The public health and economic crisis we now face is unprecedented. As governors and mayors carry out necessary but painful measures to stem the coronavirus...