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EVENT ADVISORY: Educators Weigh In on Continuing Learning and a Safe Reopening

Washington, D.C. — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to K-12 education. Over the past year, schools have closed, educators and students have navigated a move to virtual learning, and educational inequities have been exposed and exacerbated. As the pandemic continues and the country begins to look to recovery, it will be essential to...

RELEASE: CAP Welcomes Mia Ives-Rublee as Director of the Disability Justice Initiative

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced that Mia Ives-Rublee will be the next director of its Disability Justice Initiative (DJI), taking over for Founding Director Rebecca Cokley. Launched in 2018, the DJI is a first-of-its-kind think tank program, which applies disability as a lens across policy issues, centering wholeness, intersectionality, and inclusivity....

RELEASE: State Benchmark Health Insurance Plans Fall Short in Advancing Maternal Health

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women's Initiative at the Center for American Progress released a new column spotlighting an analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) benchmark plans' maternity care coverage for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The authors find wide variations in how state benchmark plans cover a variety of pregnancy-related services,...

STATEMENT: CAP Applauds the Senate and House Reintroductions of the Bipartisan Clean Slate Act

Washington, D.C. — This week, in conjunction with Second Chance Month, the bipartisan Clean Slate Act was reintroduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, marking an important step toward removing barriers that prevent the 1 in 3 U.S. adults with criminal records from obtaining jobs, housing, and education. The bill would...

RELEASE: New CAP Column Highlights Why DACA Matters, Ahead of Looming Court Ruling in Texas

Washington, D.C. — A new column released today by the Center for American Progress underscores that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) continues to be a lifeline for its beneficiaries and their families. As such, strengthening the DACA program—and ultimately ensuring a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s Dreamers—would help families stay together, secure...

STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta Says President Biden Taking Bold, Necessary Action To Build Back Better

Washington, D.C. — Today, just ahead of his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden delivered his first joint address to Congress. John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: In his first 100 days in office, President Biden has set our country on a path to build back better—and he’s making...

RELEASE: New CAP Issue Brief Presents an Urgent Rescue Plan for Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. — Puerto Rico needs an urgent, holistic rescue plan to address the many socioeconomic challenges it faces, and the Biden administration has a unique opportunity to provide much-needed relief, resources, and tools for the island to overcome daunting challenges. The administration should also work with Congress to craft legislation to address long-standing inequities...

STATEMENT: The American Families Plan Would Boost Economic Growth, Create Jobs, and Confront America’s Caregiving Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joseph Biden unveiled the American Families Plan, the second component to the administration's Build Back Better economic agenda. John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: The last year has put families—particularly mothers—under enormous strain, but the truth is that a lack of affordable caregiving, health...

RELEASE: The Biden Administration’s Support for the LGBTQ Community in the First 100 Days

Washington, D.C. — This week marks the 100th day of President Joe Biden’s administration. Traditionally the first notable benchmark for any new administration, this year’s anniversary serves as an opportunity to reflect on the sheer number of stated goals this White House has already taken action to meet. Among them are a litany of executive orders...

RELEASE: New CAP Report Details Biden’s Path to Higher, More Inclusive Economic Growth and Good Jobs

Washington, D.C. — A new report published today by the Center for American Progress explains how the enacted American Rescue Plan and the proposed American Jobs Plan represent the start of the federal government’s bold investments to boost economic growth for all. The report argues that slow economic growth has marred the U.S. economy for two decades before the pandemic. Several factors, including massive income and...

STATEMENT: Raising the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Will Improve Hundreds of Thousands of Lives

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring that federal contract workers earn $15 per hour. The order builds on previous actions taken by the Obama administration that created a wage floor and extended the protections to Americans with disabilities working on contracts. Following the signing of the order, Karla Walter, senior director...

RELEASE: How Infrastructure Reform Can Prioritize Ocean Climate Action

Washington, D.C. — As the Biden administration and Congress pursue ambitious infrastructure investments that can also tackle the climate crisis, a new report from the Center for American Progress urges officials to look to the ocean as they build a clean energy future. This report proposes agency-by-agency infrastructure and transportation policies to directly improve ocean health...

EVENT: Growing Momentum for Clean Slate and Fair Chance Licensing in the States

Washington, D.C. — Due to decades of mass incarceration and overpolicing, 1 in 3 American adults now have a criminal record. In the digital era, the proliferation of criminal background checks means a record, no matter how old or minor, can become a life sentence to poverty, preventing people from accessing jobs, housing, or education. But over...

STATEMENT: CAP Applauds HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge for Rescinding Proposed Rule Change Targeting Transgender Americans

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that her agency is withdrawing a proposed rule change sought by the previous administration that would have reinterpreted the Equal Access Rule to gut protections for transgender people. The proposed rule change would have made it easier for HUD-funded shelters to deny service...