RELEASE: Building on President Obama’s Clean Energy Successes, Top 10 Environmental Priorities for the Second Term

Read the full issue brief here. Washington, D.C. – Today, as President Barack Obama plans to build his new energy and environment team for his second term, the Center for American Progress released “Building on President Obama’s Clean Energy Successes: The Top 10 Energy and Environment Priorities for the president’s Second Term.” This issue brief...

STATEMENT: Julia Gordon on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Final Mortgage Servicing Rules

Washington, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today released its final rulemaking on mortgage-servicing standards under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The bureau is the first agency able to regulate mortgage servicing across all mortgage owners and servicers, and today’s rulemaking underlines the importance of this function. Julia Gordon, Director of Housing Finance...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Goldfuss and Conathan on Resignation of Secretary Salazar

Washington, D.C. — Today, following the announcement that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar would leave his post in March, the Center for American Progress released the following statement from Public Lands Project Director Christy Goldfuss and Director of Ocean Policy Michael Conathan: "Secretary Salazar was a dedicated public servant who should be commended for...

STATEMENT: Winnie Stachelberg on the Obama Administration’s Gun Violence Prevention Proposals

Washington, D.C. — President Barack Obama announced today a package of legislative proposals and executive actions to stem the epidemic of gun violence in our nation. Today’s announcement marks the first time in history that such a comprehensive gun violence prevention package has been released. Developed in the wake of last month’s devastating massacre at Sandy...

STATEMENT: Neera Tanden on New York’s Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Washington, D.C. — The New York State Legislature today passed a broad package of gun violence prevention measures, championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Enactment of the legislation makes New York the first state to act in response to December's tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for...

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: John Podesta and Madeleine Albright to Discuss Importance of Democracy Promotion

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, January 18, the Center for American Progress and the Center for Strategic International Studies will host a press call with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta to discuss the importance of protecting democracy and government assistance in the upcoming budget negotiations....

RELEASE: Faith Leaders Advocate for Reproductive Justice on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, The Center for American Progress released a public statement signed by the 19 faith leaders that comprise CAP’s Faith and Reproductive Leadership Institute on their continued support for women’s reproductive health and rights. “We recognize that a woman’s decision to become a parent exists...

RELEASE: Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial Races

Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress today released “Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial Races,” a compilation of reports on different policies that could help mitigate the influence of corporate campaign cash in judicial elections that includes a new piece on “The Million Dollar Judges of 2012.” This new issue...

RELEASE: CAP Outlines 13 Recommendations to Prevent Gun Violence in America

Read the policy brief. Washington, D.C. — One month after the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and days before Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce his policy recommendations to curb gun violence, the Center for American Progress today outlined 13 common-sense legislative proposals and executive actions to prevent gun violence...

STATEMENT: Julia Gordon on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Final Rulemaking on ‘Qualified Mortgages’

Washington, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today released its final rulemaking on the “ability-to-repay” provision of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, which requires lenders to consider whether a borrower can afford a mortgage before giving it to them. Julia Gordon, CAP’s Director of Housing Finance and Policy, issued the following statement in response...

STATEMENT: Seth Hanlon on New GAO Report on Evaluating Tax Breaks

Washington, D.C. — The Government Accountability Office published a new report this week developing a framework to critically evaluate “tax expenditures”—the more than $1 trillion in special exemptions, deductions, and credits in the tax code. Seth Hanlon, Director of Fiscal Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: This new GAO report...