Fourth and Inches: New Mortgage Relief Guidelines Are Important but Fall Short

By Andrew Jakabovics The U.S. Treasury today released important new guidelines to mortgage service companies responsible for modifying home loans held by responsible but financially pressed homeowners under the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP. The new HAMP guidelines are a solid improvement for homeowners at risk of foreclosure because of a simplified...

CAP Energy Experts Available for Comment on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama has done more to invest in clean energy technologies and create jobs in one year than previous administrations did throughout their terms. Based on President Obama's strong commitment to more investments tonight in the State of the Union address, as well as past actions, we expect this year to bring continued bipartisan...

CAP National Security Experts Available for Comment on State of the Union Address

"Domestic policy priorities like the economy and health care will understandably take up more of President Barack Obama's time in the second year, but he must also stay on top of a tough list of national security questions, too, such as Afghanistan, Iran, and the continued threats from Al Qaeda. We are encouraged by his...

CAP Immigration Experts Available for Comment on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

"President Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform during the 2008 election cycle. His commitment was a key factor in rallying Latino and other immigrant voters who were crucial in the president's election. Tonight, the president said Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reform. We don't doubt that the President sees the wisdom of passing a reform package...

CAP Education Experts Available for Comment

"We're encouraged by the reforms put forth by the president, particularly his emphasis on common high expectations for all students, improving teacher effectiveness, and turning around low-performing schools. We're also heartened by the president's proposed education funding increases since they tie additional dollars to results. We look forward to working with the president and the...

REPORTS: Community Colleges Generate Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, DC—Today the Center for American Progress hosted Dr. Jill Biden and education experts from around the country for an informative and compelling conference on the importance of postsecondary education as a key player in reviving economic opportunity for workers and national competitiveness for the United States.  At the event, Dr. Biden said: “For more...

CAP Economic Experts Available for Comment on State of the Union Address

“It was good to see the President stick to the core economic initiatives that are the key to the nation's prosperity: health care reform, energy transformation, education and innovation, regulatory reform and, once the economy is strong again, a path to fiscal responsibility. The Recovery Act passed a year ago has saved us from economic...

NEW REPORT: The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict

Download the full report (pdf) Download the executive summary (pdf) Today, the Center for American Progress and the Center for WorkLife Law at the UC Hastings College of the Law released a groundbreaking new report, “The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict,” that analyzes the work-family conflicts that millions of American families face and provides common-sense,...

STATEMENT: CAP Experts Boushey and O’Leary on Investments in Middle Class

"Today's announcement by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden of key investments in the middle class signals a recognition of the profound transformation in the American workforce and the American family. As the Center for American Progress first highlighted in "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," and as the administration highlights...

ADVISORY: Dr. Jill Biden on Community Colleges and Competitiveness

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 9:00am – 12:30pm If you are a member of the press, please RSVP to Jason Rahlan at 202-481-8132 or jrahlan@americanprogress.org WASHINGTON, D.C. - Please join Dr. Jill Biden, a 29-year educator who continues to teach at a D.C.-area community college, for an informative and compelling conference with education experts from around...