RELEASE: A Barrett Confirmation Would Be Disastrous for the Health of Communities of Color During COVID-19

Washington, D.C. — Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have been scrambling to fill her seat with a conservative justice who will side with them in repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They've nominated Amy Coney Barrett, who has a well-documented...

RELEASE: Cuts to Public Sector Jobs Disproportionately Undermine Economic Security for Black Americans

Washington, D.C. — Due to the coronavirus-induced recession and budget cuts by the Trump administration, millions of government jobs in the U.S. Postal Service and state and local governments are in danger of disappearing. A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress and the National Advisory Council on Eliminating the Black-White Wealth Gap finds that...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Rebecca Vallas Applauds Pennsylvania for Eliminating Fines and Fees as a Barrier to Clean Slate

Washington, D.C. — Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania General Assembly unanimously enacted H.B. 440, which builds upon the state’s first-in-the-nation clean slate legislation by ensuring that court-ordered financial obligations no longer serve as a barrier to automatic record clearance through clean slate, nor to record-clearing by court petition. Following the passage of the bill, Rebecca Vallas,...

RELEASE: Platforms Must Address Threat to Postelection Legitimacy and Public Safety, Says New CAP Issue Brief

Washington, D.C. — Social media platforms must address the threat they pose to postelection legitimacy and public safety and do more to prevent their products from contributing to chaos after the polls close, says a new issue brief released today by the Center for American Progress. CAP’s brief outlines specific recommendations for platforms—including YouTube, TikTok, Nextdoor, Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest,...

RELEASE: Sec. Julián Castro and Andrew Hauptman Join the CAP Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. — Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and businessman and philanthropist Andrew Hauptman have joined the Board of the Center for American Progress, the organization announced today. "American Progress is delighted to welcome two visionary leaders, Julián Castro and Andrew Hauptman, to the Center for American Progress’ board of directors. Through...

RELEASE: CAP Brief Finds This Is the First Recession Where Women Have Lost More Jobs Than Men

Washington, D.C. — A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress finds that the coronavirus recession is the first recession since the advent of modern U.S. employment statistics for women in which women have lost more jobs than men, leading some to refer to this recession as a “she-cession.” While in every previous recession on...

STATEMENT: This Administration’s Officials Must Be Held Accountable for Separating Thousands of Kids From Their Parents, CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — A new report released last night revealed that at least 545 children are still separated from their parents as a consequence of the family separation program first piloted by the Trump administration in 2017; one year later, the administration expanded the program to separate thousands of additional children. According to a court filing from the American Civil...

STATEMENT: Virginia’s Pattern and Practice Bill Is a Model for States Working To Eliminate Systemic Racism in Policing

Washington, D.C. – Today, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed S.B. 5024 into law. The bill will give the state attorney general the authority to conduct “pattern and practice” investigations of law enforcement agencies to investigate instances of racially biased policing, including excessive force and illegal searches. Following the signing of the bill, Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president for...

RELEASE: CAP Brief Outlines How Discrimination Harms Latinos in the Labor Market and Targeted Policies Can Dramatically Help

Washington, D.C. — A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress concludes that exogenous factors rather than personal choices are the reason why the Latino employment rate lags behind that of non-Hispanic white workers. Since 1976, when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics first started tracking employment data by ethnicity, the Latino unemployment rate...

RELEASE: Supreme Court Case Could Jeopardize LGBTQ People Seeking Government Services

Washington, D.C. — One day after the 2020 presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Fulton v. Philadelphia, a case that could give religious agencies that receive taxpayer dollars a broad license to discriminate. The case challenges Philadelphia's nondiscrimination ordinance, which prohibits any entity that contracts with the city from...

STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta Praises Legislation That Would Put Oceans on the Climate Agenda

Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and other House members will introduce the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act. This comprehensive and ambitious legislation seeks to leverage the ocean’s potential in the fight against climate change by implementing a full suite of ocean-based climate solutions, including offshore renewable energy, blue...

RELEASE: CAP Releases First 100 Days Agenda for K-12 Education

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a first 100-days agenda for the next presidential administration to provide a quality K-12 education for every child in the country—particularly those who have historically been denied that opportunity. This issue brief underscores the need to prioritize and take immediate action to dismantle long-standing structural...

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: New Survey Shows Nepali TPS Holders Make Significant Contributions to U.S. Economy and Society

Washington, D.C. — Nepali Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders have a deeper sense of security under this status and have been able to thrive and contribute fully to the U.S economy and society. On September 2020, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court decision in Ramos v. Nielsen, clearing the path...