STATEMENT: Attorney General Sessions Brings Back Outdated Justice Department Prosecutorial Policies that Exacerbated Mass Incarceration, Says CAP’s Ed Chung

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive to U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and staff, instructing them to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” that yields the most substantial sentence. This change overturns previous guidance under the Obama administration Justice Department that allowed prosecutors to consider the...

RELEASE: To See the Dangers of the Regulatory Accountability Act, Look No Further than Cancer-Causing Asbestos

Washington, D.C. — The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress are quietly but forcefully pushing legislation that would undermine the federal government’s ability to implement important health, safety, and consumer protections. The Regulatory Accountability Act, or RAA, is a license to kill that hamstrings agency efforts to respond to emerging threats to Americans’ health...

STATEMENT: President Trump Should Order Immediate Independent Investigation into Russian Interference, Not Investigation of American Voters, Say CAP Experts

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order establishing a commission to investigate American voters, though there is no evidence for claims of significant illegal voting. The commission would be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R). This announcement follows months of...

RELEASE: CAP Seeks Information from DOJ on Efforts to Revise Longstanding Legal Opinion on National Monuments

Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress will seek any and all documents related to the Trump administration’s suspected effort to take unprecedented and illegal action to rescind or alter protections for an existing national monument. The documents sought are communications between government officials at the U.S. Department of Justice and outside interests specifically...

STATEMENT: With Law Banning Conversion Therapy, Connecticut Shows that LGBT Youth Are Welcome and Accepted, Says CAP’s Laura E. Durso

Washington, D.C. — Today Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) signed a bill into law banning so-called conversion therapy for minors. Connecticut is the seventh state to pass such legislation. After passing the House of Representatives on May 2 with a vote of 141-8, the bill, H.B. 6695, was passed unanimously through the Senate today. In...

STATEMENT: CAP Praises Bipartisan Bill to Ban Lunch Shaming Practices Across the Country

Washington, D.C. — Melissa Boteach, Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement regarding Rep. Rosa DeLauro's (D-CT) introduction of a bipartisan bill to curb the practice known as lunch shaming: No child should fear being stigmatized or discriminated against because their family can’t afford a...

STATEMENT: Rejection of the Methane CRA a Win for Taxpayers, Public Lands, and Clean Air, Says CAP’s Christy Goldfuss

Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Senate voted against using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s, or BLM's, methane and waste prevention rule. Center for American Progress Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy Christy Goldfuss issued the following statement: The Senate vote is a decisive win for taxpayers, public...

STATEMENT: Trump Outsourcing Judicial Picks To Right-Wing Groups, Ignoring Home-State Senators, Says CAP’s Michele Jawando

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of 10 federal judges to fill vacancies across the country. The White House confirmed that the administration relied on right-wing groups such as The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, the same groups that composed the administration’s list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees....

STATEMENT: No New FBI Director Should Be Confirmed Until a Special Prosecutor Is Appointed, Says CAP’s Ken Gude

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ken Gude issued the following statement after President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, who was conducting an investigation into the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. We need a special prosecutor, and we need one right...

STATEMENT: TX Gov. Abbott’s “Show Your Papers” Law is Direct Attack on Immigrant Communities, Says CAP’s Tom Jawetz

Washington, D.C. — Last night Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed the anti-immigrant S.B. 4, a so-called "show your papers" law.  Center for American Progress Vice President for Immigration Policy Tom Jawetz has issued the following statement: Gov. Abbott is taking a page out of Donald Trump’s mass-deportation playbook by signing into law a direct attack...

PRESS CALL at 3:15 p.m. ET: John Podesta, Brian Deese, Todd Stern, Mindy Lubber, and Sue Biniaz to Join CAP Press Call on the Need to Remain in the Paris Climate Agreement

Please RSVP to Tom Caiazza at tcaiazza@americanprogress.org. Washington, D.C. — The Trump administration is set to decide in the near term about whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. It appears that two factions have emerged, with chief strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt arguing for withdrawal; Ivanka...

RELEASE: As U.S. Chairing of Arctic Council Expires, Tillerson Has Chance to Protect U.S. Economic and Security Interests

Washington, D.C. — The Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting this week marks the end of the United States’ chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the U.S. representative on the council, is expected to chair the meeting where the U.S. has an opportunity to reaffirm long-standing commitments to safeguard the Arctic from the effects...

RELEASE: Trump’s Review of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase National Monuments Seemingly a Giveaway to Industries and the Politicians They’ve Purchased

Washington, D.C. — Of all the national monuments subject to President Donald Trump’s dubious review, two of the most threatened are the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments. Targets of the Utah Republican congressional delegation, these two national monuments are considered “bookends” for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s 120-day review. A new column from the...

STATEMENT: Emmanuel Macron’s Election Win is a Triumph for Democracy, Says CAP’s Neera Tanden

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden issued the following statement today congratulating Emmanuel Macron on his election win: Emmanuel Macron's landslide victory to become the youngest-ever president of France is a triumph for democracy in the face of a hard-right, xenophobic, anti-European Union opponent. The French people also defeated Russian propaganda and hacking...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Carmel Martin Applauds Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for Important Steps to Give Second Chances to Individuals with Records

Washington, D.C. — Today Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced that as of July 1, Philadelphia is banning the box for all non-civil service position applications. In his remarks today, Gov. Wolf also announced his support for the Clean Slate Act, which has bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature. Carmel Martin, Executive Vice...