EVENT ADVISORY: Virginia’s Newly Elected Progressive Prosecutors Panel Discussion

Washington, D.C. — Prosecutors are powerful actors in the criminal justice system. They have wide-ranging discretion and authority to decide whether to charge someone with a crime and what that charge should be. For decades, these gatekeepers in the criminal justice system have championed “tough-on-crime” policies that have coincided with the explosion of mass incarceration...

RELEASE: CAP Outlines Road Map for State and Local Governments Looking To Improve the Lives of Their Workers

Washington, D.C. — As states and cities around the country increasingly look for ways to ensure better conditions for their workers, a handful—such as New York state, Washington state, Oregon, and Seattle—are considering or have already enacted legislation to create workers' boards. Workers' boards set policies for workers’ compensation, training, and standards. They can also help...

RELEASE: CAP Announces Formation of the National Advisory Council on Eliminating the Black-White Wealth Gap

Washington, D.C. — For 400 years, structural racism embedded in federal, state, and local policies has produced and maintained a stark wealth gap between Black and white Americans. Today, the typical white household holds 10 times more wealth than the typical Black household. This disparity persists even after controlling for protective factors such as education, income, or homeownership....

STATEMENT: Passage of Bill Funding Minority-Serving Institutions Is Long Overdue

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the FUTURE Act, bipartisan legislation that will benefit 20 million Americans applying for federal financial aid, students of color, and borrowers. The legislation permanently funds historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs), simplifies the Federal Application for...

STATEMENT: National Defense Authorization Act Mostly Disappoints, CAP’s Kelly Magsamen Says

Washington, D.C. — Kelly Magsamen, vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response to congressional agreement on the annual National Defense Authorization Act: This bill is a grave disappointment to Americans who support a more principled and sustainable national defense that is grounded...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden on Articles of Impeachment Introduced Against President Donald Trump

Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement today regarding the articles of impeachment introduced against President Donald Trump: The evidence laid out in the impeachment hearings of the last several weeks is overwhelming: Donald Trump extorted a foreign country to interfere in our elections. The...

RELEASE: On Human Rights Day, a Look at the Trump Administration’s Damaging Legacy

Washington, D.C. — Today, on international Human Rights Day, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress recounts the Trump administration’s disastrous human rights legacy at home and abroad and outlines how a future administration can undo the damage. This issue brief explores the connections between domestic and foreign human rights policy under the...

RELEASE: The Price of Child Care Eats Up Substantial Income for Working Mothers Employed in the Most Common Industries

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report analyzing which industries are most likely to employ working mothers. Using that information, the report analyzes, on average, how child care prices compare with the personal and household incomes for working mothers in these industries. The analysis also looks at the racial disparities...

RELEASE: New Analysis Finds U.S. House Prescription Drug Bill Could Dramatically Lower Prices of Brand-Name Drugs

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new analysis examining how H.R. 3, the U.S. House of Representatives' landmark prescription drug legislation, could lower the price of specific brand-name drugs. The authors use an analysis produced by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), as well as other drug pricing data, to approximate savings for...

STATEMENT: Bill Offering Protections for the LGBTQ Community Does Not Go Far Enough, Enables More Discrimination

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) announced the introduction of a bill in the House of Representatives purportedly designed to provide greater federal protections for the LGBTQ community. While a cadre of conservative religious leaders have taken a step in recognizing the need to protect LGBTQ people from harm, the bill nevertheless falls...

STATEMENT: Voting Rights Advancement Act Is Critical in Fight Against Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. — Today, following passage in the House of the Voting Rights Advancement Act, Danyelle Solomon, vice president of Race and Ethnicity Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: Today, the House of Representatives took an essential step in protecting our democracy by restoring protections so that voters can access the voting...

STATEMENT: The U.S. House of Representatives Should Pass H.R. 3, Transformative Legislation To Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and make those lower prices available to both Medicare beneficiaries and those with private insurance. Topher...

STATEMENT: A Year After Jakelin Caal’s Death in CBP Custody, Still No Accountability for This Tragic Event

Washington, D.C. — This weekend marks one year since the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. The one-year anniversary brings into focus the total absence of transparency and accountability surrounding Jakelin's death. Neither the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Inspector...

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

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the November 2019 Employment Situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:   Today, the Department of Labor reported we added 266,000 jobs in November, with an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. This is a tight labor market by historical...

RELEASE: Trend Suggests Lack of Oversight in Trump’s Justice Department

Washington, D.C. — A troubling trend suggests the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) watchdog may be wasting valuable time and resources investigating conservative conspiracy theories instead of focusing on serious evidence of corruption, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress. The analysis comes as the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), led by...