STATEMENT: Trump Administration Is Attacking America’s Wildlife by Rolling Back Protections, CAP’s Christy Goldfuss Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Trump administration is beginning the formal process of rewriting its rules for listing threatened and endangered species; protecting critical habitat; and coordinating among government agencies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American...

RELEASE: The U.S. Should Seize Diplomatic Initiative in Syria, CAP Report Says

Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump claims to have discussed Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, but the lack of transparency about the talks between the two leaders adds to the confusion about President Trump's Syria policy. The Trump administration risks U.S. security interests in its muddled Syria strategy. A new report from...

RELEASE: CAP Highlights 5 Ways to Increase Voter Turnout in African American Communities and Combat Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. — As citizens of the United States, African Americans have historically faced significant barriers to voting: Prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, these barriers included poll taxes, grandfather clauses, and even outright voter intimidation. In the decades since the federal government took steps to protect African Americans’ right to vote,...

RELEASE: Bold Solutions to Fight Private Prison Industry’s Influence on Immigration Detention Policy

Washington, D.C. — The private prison industry spends big money in political contributions and lobbying and now stands to reap massive profits from immigration detention policy decisions made by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress. The industry’s two largest companies, GEO Group Inc....

STATEMENT: New Indictment on Russian Hacking Shows States Must Improve Election Security

Washington, D.C. – After 12 Russian intelligence officials were charged with interfering in the 2016 election and conspiring to steal state election data, Liz Kennedy, senior director of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: This indictment is yet more proof that state election systems remain vulnerable to...

RELEASE: New CAP Proposal Would Give Teachers a $10,000 Raise

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new proposal to vastly increase teacher pay using the federal tax code. The proposal’s release comes on the heels of several months of teacher strikes across the country that have shone a light on the critical state of teacher compensation in the United States,...

RELEASE: States Could Boost Low Voter Turnout by Millions With Key Policy Changes, CAP Report Says

Washington, D.C. — After historically low turnout during the 2016 elections and 2014 midterms, a new report from the Center for American Progress finds that states could encourage millions more eligible Americans to vote by adopting policies that increase voter turnout and make voting more convenient. If adopted by every state, automatic voter registration (AVR), same-day...

RELEASE: Rethinking Accountability to Get Repayment Rates Right

Washington, D.C.— Congressional proposals to rewrite the Higher Education Act (HEA) for the first time in a decade are considering holding colleges accountable by measuring the extent to which borrowers repay their federal instead loans instead of the rate at which they default. As these efforts continue, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress...

STATEMENT: A Vote to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh Is a Vote to Strip Health Care Protections from Millions, CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — After President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: This nomination is key to President Trump’s plan to strip health care protections from millions of people through the courts. After...