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STATEMENT: The USDA’s Debt Relief Program for Farmers of Color Should Be Quickly Reinstated

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, a federal judge in Wisconsin issued a restraining order on $4 billion of debt relief that was part of a program designed to help Black and other farmers of color as part of the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. Following the decision, Nicole Lee Ndumele, vice president for Racial Equity and...

STATEMENT: Biden Tongass Protections a Win for Climate and Nature, Says CAP’s Christy Goldfuss

Washington, D.C. — Today, as part of its regulatory review process, the Biden administration announced that it would “repeal or replace” a midnight rule from the outgoing Trump administration that would have allowed for roads, logging, and other development in parts of southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The Biden administration’s proposal will instead restore protections to...

STATEMENT: CAP Applauds Gov. Lamont for Signing Clean Slate Into Law

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D-CT) signed Connecticut’s clean slate bill into law. With the governor’s signature, Connecticut becomes the fifth state to enact clean slate automated record-clearing legislation. It joins Michigan as the second state to automatically clear qualifying felonies as well as misdemeanors, removing barriers to employment, housing, and education for...

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Rep. Joaquin Castro, Economists, and Business and Civic Leaders Discuss the Economic Benefits of Providing a Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants

Washington, D.C. — Currently, 10.2 million undocumented immigrants are living and working in communities across the United States. On average, they have lived in the country for 16 years and are parents, grandparents, and siblings to another 10.2 million family members, enriching communities and contributing to the local and national economies. As the country starts...

STATEMENT: Reinstatement of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule Is an Important Step Toward Ending Housing Discrimination

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued an interim final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, based on a 2015 rule first issued by the Obama administration. Following the posting of the rule, Lily Roberts, managing director for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:...

STATEMENT: CAP Commemorates 2 Tragic Anniversaries of Gun Violence in Orlando and Charleston

Washington, D.C. — Next week marks the anniversary of two horrific mass shootings that are prominently and permanently etched into America’s long, ugly history of hate crimes, white supremacist violence, and gun violence. June 12 will mark five years since the massacre that claimed the lives of 49 people at Pulse, a popular gathering place for...

ONLINE EVENT ADVISORY: Bringing the Fight Against Graft

Washington, D.C. — The fight against corruption has emerged as a defining struggle of our era and a key area of emphasis for the Biden administration and its partners in Congress. In late May, the White House designated combating corruption as a core national security interest, an unprecedented step with broad implications for U.S. foreign...

STATEMENT: The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act Recognizes the Critical Importance of the Ocean to All Americans

Washington, D.C. — Today, World Ocean Day, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, a comprehensive and ambitious piece of legislation to take on the climate crisis in creative new ways. In response, Center for American Progress Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy Christy Goldfuss released the...

STATEMENT: Voting Rights Are Foundational and Cannot Be Sacrificed, CAP’s Ben Olinsky Says

Washington, D.C. — Ben Olinsky, senior vice president for Policy and Strategy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement regarding the need for passage of the For the People Act in the Senate: The voting rights and anti-corruption provisions in the For the People Act enjoy broad bipartisan support among the American...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Adam Conner on Facebook Decision To Leave Door Open To Reinstate Trump on the Platform

Washington, D.C. — Facebook suspended former President Donald Trump from its platforms on January 7, 2021, the day after he helped incite a deadly and dangerous attack on the U.S. Capitol—the culmination of months of incendiary, false statements about the 2020 election from the former president. In May, the Facebook Oversight Board announced that it would uphold...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the May 2021 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the May 2021 employment situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Today's jobs numbers show that the effects of the American Rescue Plan and President Joe Biden's vaccination program are helping Americans get back to work. While the increase...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Katrina Mulligan Praises Biden Administration for Making Global Anti-Corruption Efforts a Key Focus of National Security

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Biden administration announced the release of its first National Security Study Memorandum, which calls for a whole-of-government effort to fight corruption. It instructs and offers guidance to relevant federal agencies to pursue a robust anti-corruption agenda aimed at rooting out the pernicious influence of corruption and kleptocracy in the international...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Michael Sozan Praises NY Senate Passage of Measure To Ban Foreign-Influenced Corporate Spending in State Elections

Washington, D.C. — Today, the New York Senate approved the Democracy Preservation Act, a measure that would ban foreign-influenced U.S. corporations from any election-related spending, including direct donations to political action committees, candidates, and dark money organizations. Passed under the leadership of Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D), the measure prohibits political contributions from companies where...

RELEASE: CAP and Rewiring America Announce Plan To Decarbonize Households, Offer Rebates To Switch From Gas to Electric Appliances

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress and Rewiring America released a new plan that would offer Americans incentives to switch from gas to electric appliances to make a difference in fighting climate change and air pollution. The plan to have households replace just four appliances—heat pump space heaters, heat pump water heaters, induction...

STATEMENT: U.S. Department of Education’s Decision To Revoke Recognition of ACICS Is a Major Win for Students and Taxpayers

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it would revoke recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The decision restores a move by the Obama administration to terminate the accreditor's recognition for failing to comply with criteria for overseeing programs that rely on access to federal financial...