STATEMENT: CAP’s Carol M. Browner on Michael Bloomberg’s Appointment as U.N. Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of New York City, to serve as the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change. Carol M. Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy,...

RELEASE: Expanded School Time Key to Successful Common Core Implementation

Common Core arrives amid growing movement across United States to expand learning time Washington, D.C. — Public schools that significantly expand their schedules will be in a much stronger position to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards, the most rigorous English and math standards in the history of U.S. public education, says a report released...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Angela Kelley on House Republicans’ New Immigration Principles

Washington, D.C. – Center for American Progress Vice President for Immigration Policy Angela Maria Kelley issued the following statement today reacting to House Republicans upcoming unveiling of immigration principles: We are encouraged that House Republicans finally appear ready to chart a path forward on immigration reform. The cost of inaction has been significant. The heart-breaking...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Adam Hersh on Today’s GDP Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Adam Hersh had the following reaction to the announcement of the fourth-quarter GDP numbers released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Economic growth is returning the United States to more stable footing, but stronger growth is not translating into the dream of widely shared prosperity...

STATEMENT: CAP Economic Experts on the State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. — In response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, experts from the Center for American Progress’s Economic Policy team released the following statements: Director of Competitiveness and Economic Growth Jennifer Erickson on retirement savings The president’s speech this evening highlighted the growing challenges many middle-class Americans are facing as they...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Carmel Martin on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. — In response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, CAP’s Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin issued the following statement: Tonight, President Obama reinforced the importance of providing a world-class education to all Americans. Improving access to high-quality early learning is one of the smartest investments we can...

STATEMENT: National Security and International Policy Experts on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. — In response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, experts from the Center for American Progress's National Security and International Policy team released the following statements: Senior Fellow Caroline Wadhams on Afghanistan: The president has rightly outlined his plan to reduce the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan while...

STATEMENT: Neera Tanden on the State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. — In response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden issued the following statement: Tonight, President Obama laid out important steps that we must take as a nation to restore an economy that works for everyone, not just the rich. The lack of opportunity for...

RELEASE: CAP Proposes Plan to Significantly Lower the Cost of Public Postsecondary Education

Washington, D.C. — A new competitive grant program could rein in the cost of public colleges and universities, according to an analysis released today by the Center for American Progress. The analysis, titled “Public College Quality Compact for Students and Taxpayers” explores the effects of state disinvestment on public colleges and universities and proposes a plan...

RELEASE: First Lady Michelle Obama Invites Sabrina Jenkins, Featured in The Shriver Report, as Guest at the State of the Union

Invitation highlights the impact of The Shriver Report, focusing the country’s attention on the one in three American women living on or over the brink of poverty. Washington, D.C. — Putting a face on the economic inequality of working women struggling in this country, Sabrina Jenkins—an Air Force veteran and working single mother from South...

RELEASE: Export Ban on Crude Oil Should Remain in Place

Washington, D.C. — Today, as Congress considers lifting the prohibition of crude oil exports, the Center for American Progress released an analysis that supports retention of the ban. The analysis finds that allowing exports for the first time since 1975 could lead to gasoline price spikes and weaker energy security. The American Petroleum Institute—Big Oil’s lobbying...