STATEMENT: CAP’s Michael Conathan on EPA Taking Action to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Environmental Protection Agency used its authority under the Clean Water Act section 404(c) to initiate the process of protecting the Bristol Bay watershed from potential open pit mining activity. Michael Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy at American Progress, released the following statement: Today's decision reflects the conclusions amassed over years of scientific...

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: CAP Experts Available to Discuss White House Young Men of Color Initiative

Washington, D.C. — In light of the White House initiative dedicated to boys and young men of color, "My Brother's Keeper," the following experts from the Center for American Progress are available for comment: Aisha Moodie-Mills, Senior Fellow and Director, FIRE Initiative (school-to-prison pipeline, LGBT affairs) Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow (cultural relations, policy, African...

RELEASE: D.C. Government Announces Comprehensive Health Care Coverage for Transgender Residents

Washington, D.C. — Today, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates—including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.’s health exchange—are required to cover transition-related care. The new announcement makes D.C. healthcare coverage the most comprehensive plans for transgender Americans in the United States,...

RELEASE: CAP’s Jessica O’Connell Named Executive Director of EMILY’s List, Lindsay Hamilton Named Chief of Staff of the Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress announced today that Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President Jessica O’Connell will be leaving her role at CAP to become the executive director of EMILY’s List. “I am thrilled to see Jess take on a leadership role at EMILY’s List, where she will be building on her...

RELEASE: More Than 1 Million LGBT Veterans Could Benefit from Civilian Workplace Protections

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Center for American Progress released a report articulating why civilian workplace protections are especially important to LGBT service members and veterans, who must shoulder the burden of LGBT discrimination in addition to overcoming challenges to employment that veterans face when they return home from war. This report highlights some federal...

ADVISORY: Colombia’s Minister of National Defense to Speak at CAP on Current and Future Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, February 27, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion with Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, Colombia's minister of national defense. Before participating in the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue, Minister Pinzón will join us to discuss the Colombian armed forces' ongoing efforts against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,...

ADVISORY: Secretary Donovan to Discuss the Future of Housing Finance Reform

Washington, D.C. - On Friday, February 28, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will deliver remarks at the Center for American Progress detailing his views on the future of housing finance in America, including multifamily finance and the future of affordable rental housing. Five years after the financial crisis, we are still debating...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Lawrence J. Korb on Pentagon Budget Outlined Today by Secretary Hagel

Washington, D.C. — Today, as Defense Sectary Chuck Hagel outlined a proposed budget for the Pentagon, Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: The defense budget presented today responsibly meets the challenges that our country currently faces, rather than those from a bygone era. While Secretary Hagel is right...