RELEASE: Wal-Mart, SEIU, CAP Join In Support for Health Reform, Including Employer Mandate

Read the full letter Today, the Center for American Progress, along with Wal-Mart and the Service Employees International Union, delivered a letter to the White House and Congressional leaders expressing strong support for health care reform, including an employer mandate. The full letter is below. Read the full letter   June 30, 2009 Dear President...

STATEMENT: John Podesta Applauds the Passage of the Historic Waxman Markey Bill

By John Podesta "The House passed historic legislation today that will move America to a clean-energy economy, create millions of jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and cut global warming pollution. There is a winding road in the senate before this bill is the law of the land, but today marks a giant step...

Statement: John Podesta on White House Meeting on Immigration

Statement: John Podesta on White House Meeting on Immigration Washington, DC— The meeting held today at the White House today signals the beginning of what we hope is a full-fledged effort to make immigration reform a reality. President Barack Obama should be commended for moving the ball forward on this issue despite the naysayers who...

RELEASE: Credible Missile Defenses Needed

By Andrew J. Grotto Missile defense theologians are exploiting North Korea’s growing bellicosity and its nuclear and ballistic missile tests to gripe about the Obama administration’s missile defense budget. Their main argument is neatly captured by conservative commentator and Washington Times columnist Frank Gaffney, who asserts that the administration nefariously seeks to “limit U.S. ballistic...

ADVISORY: Low Cost Solutions to Health Care Through Generic Competition

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:30am – 11:00am Washington, DC—Twenty-five years ago Congress established a regulatory regime to facilitate generic drug creation, and the availability of these drugs has resulted in substantial consumer savings. With Congress addressing the health care issue this summer, it is important that we now consider the potential public savings made possible...

ADVISORY: Weathering the Storm: Black Male Employment in the Recession

The recession is taking a toll on most Americans and has resulted in job losses not seen in almost 25 years. There are less jobs available, but black men have long faced limited employment prospects and disproportionately high rates of unemployment. The current degree of job loss among black men is particularly alarming. These losses...

Moving Toward Equality for Federal Employees

June 17, 2009 By Winnie Stachelberg Today’s announcement is an important step forward for LGBT federal employees and their families. The presidential memorandum signed today gives domestic partners some of the benefits granted to spouses of federal employees. This memorandum shows the president’s desire to provide equality for federal employees, but it is only a...

Economic Snapshot for June 2009

By Christian E. Weller Download the snapshot with graphs (pdf) The recession is still getting worse, although at a slower pace than before. Wall Street has enjoyed a good run over the past month, but there are no real “glimmers of hope” for families yet. Job losses are still very large, family wealth continues to...

Public Opinion Snapshot: Move on Health Care Reform Now (and Don’t Forget the Public Plan!)

By Ruy Teixeira WASHINGTON, DC—The battle is underway over President Barack Obama’s ambitious plans to reform our health care system. And conservatives are thinking of every way they can to stall and eviscerate such reform. One conservative argument is that, given our serious economic problems, we just can’t afford an ambitious undertaking like health care...

RELEASE: Louis Caldera Joins the Center for American Progress as Senior Fellow

WASHINGTON, DC – Louis Caldera has joined the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow. In this capacity, Caldera will focus his work on higher education and national security. Caldera has had a distinguished 30-year public service career serving at the local, state and national levels as a soldier, lawyer, legislator, high-ranking government official,...

ADVISORY: Domestic Human Rights and National Security

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 12:30pm – 2:00pm WASHINGTON, DC—The United States has long prided itself on being a human rights leader. It has often called other countries to account for their abuses. But it has frequently been reticent to submit itself to the same strict standards to which others are held. Partly that has been...

STATEMENT: CAP Expert Daniel J. Weiss on Pence Energy Plan

“The American Energy Act is déjà vu all over again. It would continue the failed Bush-Cheney energy policies that caused the average American family’s energy costs to go up by $1,100. This plan would invest $800 billion for new nuclear plants paid for by taxpayers—it is too risky for Wall Street. "We need a new...

ADVISORY: Restoring Credibility on Human Rights and Democracy

Monday, June 15, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:30pm WASHINGTON, DC—The Obama administration portrayed its release of legal memos on torture and harsh interrogation, the closing of Guantanamo, and its reevaluation of military commissions as the first steps toward restoring our government's moral integrity and adherence to the rule of law. These steps also play an important...