EVENT ADVISORY: ‘We Are Essential’: Immigrants and the Path Toward a Resilient Economy

Washington, D.C. — Across the United States, Americans are facing the continued harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Among the people bearing the brunt of these twin crises are the 10.4 million undocumented immigrants for whom the United States has long been home. Immigrants have not only been on the front...

RELEASE: New CAP Column Shows How California’s Proposition 16 Was Not A Bellwether on Affirmative Action

Washington, D.C. — California voters rejected Proposition 16, a ballot measure that would have repealed a ban on affirmative action in the state—but not because affirmative action is dead, according to a new column from the Center for American Progress. Instead, it’s more likely that unclear ballot language, a short window in which to persuade...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Praises Biden’s Plan To Name National Security Appointees: Experts and Diplomats Will ‘Advance the Values We All Share’

Washington, D.C. — Today, President-elect Joe Biden's transition office announced his intent to nominate Tony Blinken as secretary of state, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, and John Kerry as special presidential...

STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta and Christy Goldfuss Praise Announcement of John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Washington, D.C. — Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intent to name John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate. In response, John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, and Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the CAP, issued the following statement: Today’s announcement to designate longtime climate champion...

STATEMENT: OCC’s New Rule Is an Abuse of Power Designed To Benefit the Fossil Fuel Industry

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposed a rule designed to prevent banks from cutting off funding to the fossil fuel industry. Gregg Gelzinis, senior policy analyst for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement in response: This proposal is a dangerous last...

STATEMENT: Mnuchin’s Decision To Allow Fed Lending Programs To Expire Is Reckless, CAP’s Andres Vinelli Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that he would allow three Federal Reserve emergency lending programs to expire at the end of the year, going against the Fed's desire that "the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our...

RELEASE: Progressive Criminal Justice Ballot Initiatives Won Big in the 2020 Election, New CAP Column Finds

Washington, D.C. — Progressive criminal justice policies fared well at the ballot box on November 3, with voters across the country approving critical reforms, according to a new column published today by the Center for American Progress. From legalizing marijuana to establishing independent police oversight boards, voters altered the political landscape, advancing criminal justice policies...

RELEASE: CAP Calls for the Federal Government To Require That Fiduciaries Maintain Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment Policies

Washington, D.C. — A new report from the Center for American Progress calls for the federal government to require investment fiduciaries to adopt and publicly disclose policies for how they identify and assess environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-related risks, such as the impact of climate change, on the investments they make for their clients. A significant and growing...

RELEASE: The U.S. Must Re-engage With The International Community To Protect the Dignity and Rights of LGBTI People

Washington, D.C. — As the country prepares to transition into a new administration, the global community awaits as well — after years of steady retreat from the world stage and an abdication of any meaningful leadership, the United States must act quickly and decisively to reaffirm its commitment to human rights and to protecting communities that are at...

RELEASE: Violent Crime Rates Declined in 10 Jurisdictions Following Comprehensive Police Reform, New CAP Column Finds

Washington, D.C. — Evidence from 10 jurisdictions shows that violent crime rates dropped after the enactment of comprehensive police reform, undermining claims by critics that reforms threaten public safety. This is the main finding of a column published today by the Center for American Progress, which analyzed violent crime rates over time in 10 jurisdictions...

RELEASE: CAP’s Recommendations for the Biden Administration on Engaging With Religious Communities

Washington, D.C. — As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, the new administration should make it a priority to reach out to religious communities and help advance true religious liberty, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress. The brief outlines key recommendations for robust engagement with religious and nonreligious...

RELEASE: CAP Calls for the Creation of a White House Racial Equity Office

Washington, D.C. — In his victory speech Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden pledged to have the African American community’s back. As the Biden transition team takes steps to stand up the new administration, an issue brief from the Center for American Progress calls on the administration to make concrete, intentional steps to fulfill this promise. Prior...