AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: CAP Experts on the Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Contestoga Wood Specialties Corp vs. Sebelius, cases that will have far reaching implications beyond deciding whether businesses have the right to withhold contraceptive insurance coverage. In advance of the oral arguments, the following...

ADVISORY: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Trade Debate

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, March 25, the Center for American Progress will host Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, for a discussion on the current trade debate. In his remarks, Trumka will lay out the principles that should underlie trade policies that would reduce inequality and support raising wages in the United States and...

ADVISORY: Experts to Discuss Impact of Middle East Transitions on Christian Communities

Washington, D.C. — The Middle East uprisings and political transitions that began in 2011 have raised questions about political pluralism and support for religious freedom. Over the past several years in the region, some of the oldest Christian communities in the world have faced new challenges resulting from changes in the security, political, legal, and social...

RELEASE: Report Examines U.K.’s New Welfare System, Cautions Against U.S. Implementation

Washington, D.C. — As policymakers debate solutions to reform the federal safety net, a report released today examines the Universal Credit, a major safety net overhaul implemented in the United Kingdom that merges a half-dozen income assistance programs into a single credit for low-income individuals and families. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently cited...

RELEASE: Report Provides New Data on Congress’ Dismal Land Conservation Record

Washington, D.C. — Today, following the designation of the first new federally protected wilderness in five years and President Barack Obama’s call for Congress to “do even more,” Equal Ground, a campaign supported by the Center for American Progress along with other organizations, released a report today that sheds light on record-setting delays to bipartisan land...

EVENT ADVISORY: From “Papers Please” to DREAM and TRUST: Understanding the New Immigration Federalism

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, March 24, 2014, join the American Constitution Society and the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion about the potential of immigration federalism to promote pro-immigrant policies, and what the future of state and local action might be, with or without federal comprehensive reform. In recent years, a wave of...

RELEASE: Utility Companies Wrong Again About the Cost of Pollution Safeguards

Washington, D.C. – Today, as coal and utility companies once again predict that carbon pollution limits would result in skyrocketing electricity rates, the Center for American Progress released an analysis proving that their record as prognosticators is quite poor. The power industry’s past predictions of doom were wrong—16 percent too high in one instance—and so...

RELEASE: Why a Melting Arctic Could Sink the Global Economy

Washington, D.C. – Today, after Secretary of State John Kerry called climate change in the Arctic “one of the most obvious shared challenges facing the planet today,” the Center for American Progress released an analysis detailing why the United States needs to take the lead on reining in climate change in the Arctic and globally...

STATEMENT: Julia Gordon on the Johnson-Crapo Housing Finance Reform Draft Bill

Washington, D.C. — Last night, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs released a 442-page discussion draft of legislation to overhaul the nation’s housing finance system. The draft bill would wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a system under which the government would provide an explicit and priced...

STATEMENT: Carmel Martin on New Polling Showing Voter Support for Common Core

Washington, D.C. — Today, Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement reacting to new public opinion research commissioned by Achieve that shows broad voter support for the Common Core State Standards: The message is clear: There is overwhelming support for the Common Core State Standards, which...

RELEASE: The First Time Putin Tried to Invade a Foreign Country

Washington, D.C. — Today, as the world community tries to interpret the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin in regards to the political crisis in Ukraine, the Center for American Progress released an analysis looking at the roots of Putin’s regional adventurism, tracing back to his involvement in a dangerous plan to push Russian soldiers in...

AVAILABLE TO COMMENT: CAP Experts Available to Discuss Health Care Ahead of March 31 Enrollment Deadline

Washington, D.C. – This week, the Department of Health and Human Services released new enrollment numbers showing that more than 940,000 people enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces in February, bringing the total number of enrollees to 4.2 million individuals. In addition, supporters of the law are ramping up efforts to sign people up for coverage,...