RELEASE: Student Debt Is Blunting Efforts to Improve Teacher Diversity

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report looking at the disproportionate student loan debt burden experienced by educators of color. The report follows recent studies showing that schools struggle to recruit a diverse teacher workforce and that teachers of color, especially Black teachers, leave the profession at higher rates than their white peers. This...

RELEASE: Average Congressional District Could Suffer Coverage Losses Exceeding 45,000 If Federal Courts Strike Down the ACA

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new analysis estimating losses in the number of individuals with health coverage in all 435 congressional districts across the country if the Trump administration and 20 Republican-led states' lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) succeeds in federal court. These new estimates...

STATEMENT: President Trump’s Speech on the Environment Cannot Erase His Abysmal Record

Washington, D.C. — In response to President Donald Trump's planned speech discussing what his administration views as its record of environmental achievement, Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy Christy Goldfuss offered the following statement: This is a joke, pure and simple. No speech can cover up the Trump administration’s abysmal environmental record featuring more than...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the June 2019 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released June's employment situation, showing 224,000 jobs gained over the month, an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, and wage growth of 3.1 percent over the year. In response, Center for American Progress economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement: While unemployment remains low after 10 years of recovery, most...

RELEASE: The Next President’s Education Agenda Must Center Racial Disparities in Educational Opportunity

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report laying out what the next president of the United States should do to center equity in a policy agenda to improve K-12 education in America. In stark contrast to the current administration's efforts to unwind tools designed to address disparities between opportunities available...

RELEASE: Interior Secretary Flouts Congress, Rule of Law to Push Anti-Conservation Agenda, CAP Column Says

Washington, D.C. — A new column from the Center for American Progress shows how U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has repeatedly disregarded Congress' oversight role and the rule of law to push a destructive anti-conservation agenda. The column comes as Secretary Bernhardt helps plan President Donald Trump's personal July 4 celebration that will...

STATEMENT: Florida’s Gov. DeSantis Just Signed A Modern-Day Poll Tax Into Law

  Washington, D.C. — Today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed S.B. 7066, requiring American citizens with prior felony convictions to pay steep fines and fees in order to vote. The new law could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters. In response, Connor Maxwell, policy analyst for Race and Ethnicity Policy, issued the following statement: Undoing the will of...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Kelly Magsamen Urges Senate to Pass Measure Requiring Congressional Approval for Military Action Against Iran

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate will vote on a measure that would require congressional approval for military action against Iran. In response, Kelly Magsamen, vice president of National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: Last week’s brush with war shows that Congress needs to take its foreign...

STATEMENT: Supreme Court’s Decision to Take Up DACA Case Underscores the Need for the Senate to Pass the Dream and Promise Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments over whether the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was lawful. Following the announcement, Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: With the lower courts...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Sam Berger Praises Supreme Court Ruling that Prevents Trump Administration from Rigging the Census

Washington, D.C. — After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today that prevents, at least for now, the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, Sam Berger, vice president of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: This ruling at least temporarily prevents a...

STATEMENT: Supreme Court Fails To Protect Democracy From Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering, CAP’s Sam Berger Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it has no authority to decide whether state lawmakers violate the U.S. Constitution when they redraw electoral maps for the express purpose of keeping one party in power. In response, Sam Berger, vice president of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center for American...

RELEASE: U.S. Lacks Data Showing Impact of Oil and Gas Production on Western Water Supply, CAP Column Says

Washington, D.C. — Oil and gas production in the West is stressing scarce water resources, but the government has failed to collect critical data that show how these projects affect water supplies, according to a new column from the Center for American Progress. The federal government has no standard reporting requirements for energy companies related...

RELEASE: New Interactive Map Shows Stark Gaps in College Attainment by Race and Geography

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released "Those Left Behind," a new report and interactive map illustrating the troubling status of national college attainment rates—and gaps—for every county in the United States. The map captures credentials earned by adults at the associate degree level and above and includes locations of nearly 12,000 college...

RELEASE: Fifth Annual States of Change Report Examines Changing Demographic Composition of the Democratic and Republican Parties

Washington, D.C. — A new report jointly authored by demographics experts from the Center for American Progress, the Democracy Fund, the Brookings Institution, and the Bipartisan Policy Center examines the changing demographic composition of the electorate and how these changes affect the composition of the two major political parties. The analysis finds that most of the effect of...