RELEASE: Ahead of Expected House Budget Release, New CAP Brief Examines Congressional Leaders’ Selective Use of Deficit Hysteria

Washington, D.C. — Ahead of the U.S. House budget release and markup this week, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress examines the selective deficit hysteria employed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Republican congressional leaders. As CAP's brief notes, Speaker Ryan and other leaders use excessive concern over federal budget deficits—or "fiscal...

ADVISORY: Options for the Trump Nuclear Posture Review

Washington, D.C. — Amid rising geopolitical competition with Russia, China, and North Korea, the Trump administration is engaged in a sweeping review of U.S. nuclear policy. Officials have signaled that they are reconsidering some of the fundamental constraints that have limited nuclear competition, including whether to authorize a major expansion of the nuclear arsenal and...

RELEASE: Sen. Ted Cruz’s Health Savings Accounts Plan Serve to Benefit the Rich

Washington, D.C. — A provision in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would give a much bigger tax break to upper-income households in higher tax brackets while doing little or nothing for low- and moderate-income families, a fact outlined in a new column from the Center for American Progress. The analysis underscores the numerous shortcomings...

EVENT ADVISORY: Secretaries of State, Voting Rights Advocates Discuss Attacks and Advances in Voter Registration

Washington, D.C. — Voting rights and the integrity of our elections system are at a crossroads: America's electoral system is being undermined by foreign interference and threatened by President Donald Trump’s sham commission investigating American voters and so-called voter fraud, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The commission,...

RELEASE: CAP Releases Issue Brief on the Racist Origins of Private School Vouchers

Washington, D.C. — On the heels of proposals from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and President Donald Trump to create the first nationwide federal voucher program while slashing funds for public schools and loosening civil rights protections, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress explores the historical link between private school vouchers and...

RELEASE: ‘An Assault on the Lowest-Income Individuals,’ Says Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the BCRA’s Cuts to Medicaid

Washington D.C. — On a new episode of the Center for American Progress’ "Thinking CAP" podcast, released this morning ahead of the Senate’s revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) draft, Kathleen Sebelius—former health and human services secretary and former Democratic governor of Kansas—sits down with co-hosts Michele Jawando and Igor Volsky to discuss Congress’ attempt...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden on New Version of BCRA: ‘Same Terrible Bill’

Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response to Senate Republicans’ introduction of a new version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA): The introduction of the Senate’s “new” bill is an embarrassing attempt by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and President Donald...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Michele Jawando Applauds Introduction of Anti-Voter Suppression Act to Stop President Trump’s Sham Commission

Washington, D.C. — Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Anti-Voter Suppression Act today, a bill that would put a stop to the commission headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, created by President Trump to investigate so-called voter fraud. The bill would completely defund the commission. Sen. Booker pointed...

STATEMENT: Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails Show that Trump Campaign Knew Russian Government’s Intention to Help the President Win

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., released a chain of emails related to a meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016. Liz Kennedy, director of democracy and government reform at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: When Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Jared...

RELEASE: What Governors Need to Know About the Department of Energy’s Forthcoming Electricity Grid Study

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy, led by Secretary Rick Perry, is soon due to release a report on the electricity grid and the role of “baseload power.” Ahead of the report’s release, the Center for American Progress has released a new column outlining what governors need to know about Perry’s grid study and the potential impact on states’ electricity...

STATEMENT: CFPB Action on Arbitration Clauses Will Restore Consumers’ Rights, Provide Accountability in the Financial Marketplace, Says CAP’s Joe Valenti

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a final rule governing arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts. While the rule does not ban the use of mandatory arbitration, it requires that victims have the option of entering into class action lawsuits and sets new requirements when companies use arbitration to address...

ADVISORY: At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice

Washington, D.C. — Decisions about reproductive choice and health are deeply personal, private decisions best left to a woman and her family, in consultation with her health care provider. Yet some politicians remain obsessed with a woman’s right to choose, often passing laws with the goal of making it more difficult—if not impossible—for women to...

ADVISORY: America’s Relationship with Africa in a New Era

Washington, D.C. — A recent article in The New York Times suggested that the U.S. Department of Defense would play an increasingly influential role in setting U.S. relations with Africa at a time when many senior positions at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development remain unfilled. Meanwhile, three famines loom on the continent, each driven in...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Kate Bahn on June 2017 Jobs Day Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Kate Bahn released the following statement today on the June 2017 employment situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The economy under Trump is steady but lackluster. The broader U-6 measure of unemployment—which includes the unemployed plus all people marginally attached to the labor force—increased marginally to...