STATEMENT: Latest Trump Administration Attack on Abortion Access Will Hurt Women and Curtail State Flexibility in Health Care

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration moved to inhibit California from expanding abortion access to its citizens. Since 2014, California has required employers and insurance companies to include abortion as a covered benefit. Until today, California’s law has been federally permitted, but the administration has reversed course, threatening to withhold California’s federal funds over...

STATEMENT: New Travel Restrictions Continue Trump’s Attacks on Women and America’s Legal Immigration System

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. State Department issued a final rule to go into effect tomorrow that would allow consular officials to deny tourist or business visas to anyone they believe might be coming to the United States to give birth. The rule creates a rebuttable presumption that any person deemed by a government bureaucrat to...

STATEMENT: By Weakening Firearm Export Oversight, Trump Sides With Gun Industry Over American People

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration finalized a rule that will weaken oversight of firearms exports and make it easier for dangerous military-style weapons to end up in the hands of violent criminal organizations and human rights abusers around the world. In response, Chelsea Parsons, vice president for Gun Violence Prevention at the Center for...

RELEASE: Trump Should Pay the Same Price as Other Elected Officials Who Betray the Public Trust

Washington, D.C. — Thousands of public officials have lost their jobs over public corruption charges similar to what Trump has already admitted, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress. From 1999 to 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice convicted more than 14,000 public officials at the federal, state, and local level...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Says Impeachment Rules Adopted by Senate Can Only Result in a Cover Up

Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate adopted, late last night, impeachment trial rules drafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): Leader McConnell broadcast to the world that he wouldn't be an "impartial juror" when it came to the impeachment trial of...

RELEASE: The Emerging Trend of City and State Governments Supporting Employee Ownership and Profit-Sharing

Washington, D.C. — Employee ownership and broad-based profit-sharing agreements, in which workers are rewarded based on a company’s collective performance, have been shown to boost wages, address racial and gender wealth disparities, and contribute to thriving local economies. Now a growing number of city and state governments—including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Berkeley, California, and Newark,...

RELEASE: American Workers Lose Nearly $32 Billion Annually Due to Lack of Policies to Support Working Families

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released an updated analysis looking at how much American workers lose in wages each year due to a lack of access to paid family and medical leave and affordable, reliable child care. The analysis relies on Current Population Survey data collected from 2009 to 2018. These new...

STATEMENT: New Supreme Court Birth Control Case Could Have Grave Health and Financial Consequences for American Women

This press release contains a correction. Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump v. Pennsylvania and Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania as a consolidated case. These cases combined represent a threat to the health and financial security that women have gained as a result...

STATEMENT: Trump Administration’s Proposed Rules Undermine Rights of People Seeking Critical Services

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, the Trump administration announced the first in a series of rule changes that would unfairly privilege faith-based recipients of billions in taxpayer dollars over the rights of Americans to access critical services free from discrimination. The new rules further this administration's abuse of religious liberty, which it has used as a...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Rebecca Cokley Praises Introduction of the Accessible Voting Act

Washington, D.C. — Earlier this week, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)  introduced the Accessible Voting Act, a bill which addresses the barriers that older adults and disabled people face when voting. Following the introduction of the bill, Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress,...

RELEASE: On the 10th Anniversary of Citizens United, Momentum Builds Toward Bold Pro-Democracy Reforms

Washington, D.C. — Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In that decision, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of money on election-related advertisements. The ruling triggered a flood of political spending over...

EVENT ADVISORY: Former California Gov. Jerry Brown and German Green Party Co-Chair Robert Habeck To Discuss Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Climate change is the greatest challenge facing our country and the world. The devastating Australia bushfires are the most recent demonstration of what’s at stake, both at home and on the global stage. Urgent and decisive political leadership is needed to address this crisis and turn it into an opportunity to rebuild our...

STATEMENT: Former OMB Top Official Sam Berger Weighs in on GAO Opinion on Holdup of Ukraine Funding

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan watchdog agency, issued an opinion that the Trump administration's hold on military aid to Ukraine violated the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. Witness testimony and recently released documents show that the Trump White House was warned of the illegality of its actions but...

STATEMENT: Weak Trade Deal With China Part of Failed Trump Strategy That’s ‘All Pain and No Gain,’ CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — After President Donald Trump signed an initial trade deal with China, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: Today, President Trump signed a weak deal with China that makes clear that his administration’s failed trade strategy has been all pain and no gain. President...

STATEMENT: New HUD Rule Will Actively Increase Housing Insecurity and Discrimination

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration entered a rule into the Federal Register that would weaken civil rights protection and increase housing segregation by rolling back the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, an Obama-era regulation that ensures that local governments comply with the Fair Housing Act. Following the publication of the rule, Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines, vice president...