STATEMENT: CAP’s Kate Kelly Welcomes Introduction of House Bill That Would End the Wasteful Noncompetitive Leasing Program

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced comprehensive energy reform legislation that would, among other things, eliminate the wasteful and unnecessary noncompetitive leasing program. The Restoring Community Input and Public Protection in Oil and Gas Leasing Act would provide overdue updates to the Mineral Leasing Act. In response, Kate Kelly, director of Public...

RELEASE: States and Their Outdoor Recreation Offices Should Adopt Conservation and Access Policies to Boost Local Economies, CAP Report Finds

Washington, D.C. — A growing number of states are opening offices of outdoor recreation as a tool to boost a sector that helps drive the economy and protects land and water, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. Since 2013, at least 13 states have created these offices to lead the way...

RELEASE: How To Address the $1.5 Trillion in Current Student Loan Debt

Washington, D.C. — As college costs skyrocket and student loan debt tops $1.5 trillion, college affordability has become a hot-button issue nationwide, prompting policymakers and candidates alike to consider ways to address the growing affordability gap. But along with tackling affordability for tomorrow’s students, any comprehensive proposal must also include solutions for the 43 million...

RELEASE: 123 Groups Sign Letter Opposing the Nomination of Ken Cuccinelli To Serve as USCIS Director

Washington, D.C. — Several weeks ago, news spread that that former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was likely to be nominated to serve as the next director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Yesterday, Cuccinelli began serving as the acting director of the agency.  Today, even as a cloud forms over whether or not Cuccinelli...

STATEMENT: Neera Tanden Applauds Introduction of Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion and Disaster Relief Medicaid Acts

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion (REAADI) Act and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA) in the Senate.  The REAADI Act was also introduced in the House by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), while the DRMA was introduced in the House by...

RELEASE: Nearly 6 in 10 Parents Will Make Career Sacrifices for Child Care Needs This Summer

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new issue brief looking at how a lack of access to affordable child care during the summer months is undercutting parents' ability to earn an income and stay in the workforce. The brief includes new survey data looking at how many parents are struggling to find summer...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the May 2019 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released May’s employment situation, showing 75,000 jobs gained over the month, an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, and wage growth of 3.1 percent over the year. In response, Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement: Today’s report shows that the momentum of an expansion that began...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Christy Goldfuss Applauds Introduction of Senate Bill to Keep Paris Climate Commitments

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced the International Climate Accountability Act, a companion bill to a similar measure passed in the House last month that would prevent President Donald Trump from removing the United States from the Paris climate agreement. In response, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice...

STATEMENT: The SEC’s New Regulation Best Interest Rule a ‘Setback for Working Families’

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt Regulation Best Interest and new changes to standards of conduct for investment advisers. These new provisions are portrayed as protecting vulnerable investors in their dealings with investment advisers and brokers and replace the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) conflict of interest...

STATEMENT: Neera Tanden Applauds House Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, in a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, 237 to 187. H.R. 6 offers a path to citizenship to Dreamers and beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The passage of the Dream and Promise Act marks the first...

RELEASE: New CAP Analysis Reveals That the Very Wealthy Pay Special Low Rates on Most of Their Income and Outlines How Tax Code Changes Have Contributed to Wealth Inequality

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress finds that Americans with incomes greater than $10 million pay special low tax rates on 53 percent of their taxable income—and pay no tax on much of their accumulated wealth. The report points to the failings of the U.S. tax code as a contributor to wealth...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Enrique Fernández-Toledo Praises Congressional Passage of Disaster Relief Bill

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure providing $19.1 billion in relief and recovery assistance for areas affected by natural disasters, including about $900 million for Puerto Rico. About $600 million would go to the hundreds of thousands of low-income Puerto Rican families who are still struggling to get nutritional assistance...

RELEASE: U.S. Should Protect More of its Oceans to Help Save Fisheries and Ocean Ecosystems, CAP Analysis Says

Washington, D.C. — The United States should protect more of its oceans to sustain domestic fisheries and help ocean ecosystems adapt to the effects of climate change and other threats, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress. The brief urges the United States to establish marine protected areas (MPAs) that would protect 30...