RELEASE: Victory for Biden, Congressional Candidates Sends a Strong Message on Need for Federal Climate Action, CAP Column Says

Washington, D.C. — Climate action was on the ballot on November 3, and voters responded by embracing the ambitious agenda that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris put forward to tackle climate change. A new column from the Center for American Progress shows how voters also elected U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate candidates from...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the October 2020 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the October 2020 employment situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: With a pandemic raging and a contentious election winding down, this month’s jobs numbers show that the recovery has slowed considerably with only about half of jobs recovered....

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Applauds Colorado Voters’ Passage of Paid Family and Medical Leave

Washington, D.C. — On Election Day, voters in Colorado overwhelmingly approved Proposition 118 to create a permanent paid family and medical leave insurance program in the state. Colorado is the first state to pass such a policy by ballot measure and joins eight states and the District of Columbia with paid family and medical leave...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden on Sarah McBride’s Historic Win As The Nation’s First Transgender State Senator

Washington, D.C. — On a night featuring many historic firsts, Delaware State Senator-elect Sarah McBride became the first transgender woman in U.S. history to win an election to a state senate seat. McBride, the former campaign and communications manager with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, captured nearly three-quarters of...

STATEMENT: The Labor Department’s New Rule on Considering Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Investments Will Shortchange Investors and the Environment

Washington, D.C. — Following an unusually compressed public comment period, today, the U.S. Department of Labor voted to approve the Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments rule. This rule dramatically restricts the ability of fiduciaries to consider important environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in their investment decisions. The rule could effectively block ESG-focused investment...

RELEASE: CAP Report Shows How Congress Can Counter Violent White Supremacy Today

Washington, D.C. — There is a growing consensus that domestic terrorism, especially from violent white supremacists, poses a far greater threat to the United States than foreign terrorism. But Congress has the power to take meaningful action now to counter this disturbing trend and prevent a greater surge in white nationalist violence. A new report...

RELEASE: CAP Brief Examines How the Pandemic Has Exacerbated Housing Instability for Renters of Color

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress looks at the increased housing insecurity faced by renters of color during the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the legacy of systemic racism and widespread discrimination within the rental housing market, Black, Latinx, and Native Americans have long experienced higher levels of housing insecurity than their white counterparts. The...

RELEASE: Establishing New Branch of Civilian First Responders for 911 Calls Could Help Reduce Overreliance on the Police, New Report Says

Washington, D.C. — Today’s law enforcement officers are often dispatched for 911 calls that do not require an armed police response, to the detriment of civilians and officers alike. A report released today by the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) and the Center for American Progress proposes a new branch of civilian first responders, called...

RELEASE: New CAP Report Shows How Local Support Can Help Close the Funding Gap for Community Colleges

Washington, D.C. — In nearly half of all U.S. states, the massive funding gap between community colleges and public four-year colleges can be closed using local tax appropriations, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress released today. The report proposes adjusting local tax appropriations, such as property taxes, to help close...

RELEASE: New CAP Data Demonstrate the Importance of Paid Leave for People With Disabilities

Washington, D.C. — A new Center for American Progress analysis of the 2018 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) employee survey explains how people with disabilities need access to paid family and medical leave and why it should be considered a disability rights issue. CAP conducted a new analysis of the survey, which looked at respondents...

RELEASE: New CAP Columns Highlight Ways College Accountability Can Protect Students During COVID-19

Washington, D.C. — Ahead of today’s “Protecting College Students: The Importance of Accountability During COVID-19” event, the Center for American Progress released two columns highlighting accountability issues at stake for college students. In “The Trump Administration Has Set Up Students To Be Harmed by Unscrupulous Colleges During This Recession,” Ben Miller, CAP vice president for...