STATEMENT: House Select Committee Delivers a Plan To Avert U.S. Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a plan to tackle climate change by transitioning to a 100 percent clean energy economy while dismantling the racial and economic injustices that exacerbate the worst impacts of environmental degradation. In response, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American...

RELEASE: On Its One Year Anniversary, Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law Has Cleared Nearly 35 Million Records

Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2020, marked the one-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s groundbreaking Clean Slate Act taking effect. In the year since, Pennsylvania’s state courts report that nearly 35 million criminal cases have been sealed, bringing relief to more than 1 million Pennsylvanians facing the long-lasting stigma of a criminal record.  With nearly 9 in...

RELEASE: Creating High-Quality Jobs Through Infrastructure Legislation

Washington, D.C. — As Congress debates the Moving Forward Act, legislation that would invest $1.5 trillion to modernize America’s physical infrastructure, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress explores how policymakers can ensure that the jobs that are created through infrastructure legislation are high quality, available to all Americans, and, ultimately, able to maximize the...

STATEMENT: As Trump Administration Sues To Take Away Health Care, House Democrats Pass Bill To Lower Health Care Costs and Improve Access to Coverage

Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (ACEA). Among other measures, this legislation would lower health care costs and expand access to coverage for at least 17 million Americans by bolstering and expanding eligibility for the Affordable Care Act's premium tax credits; provide funding...

STATEMENT: The Supreme Court Rejects Attempt To Undermine Abortion Rights in June Medical Services v. Russo

Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in June Medical Services v. Russo, striking down Louisiana’s unconstitutional admitting privileges law and rightly upholding the precedent the court set just four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The court again found that admitting privileges are unnecessary and infringe upon the constitutional right...

RELEASE: Families of Color Are Far More Likely To Suffer Child Care-Related Job Disruptions

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new column that analyzes nationally representative data to measure racial disparities in child care-related job disruptions for the 21.5 million workers with children under the age of 6. The analysis reveals that Black and multiracial families are far more likely to experience these disruptions—the...

STATEMENT: Statehood for Washington, D.C. Is Long Overdue, CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — After the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a measure granting statehood to Washington, D.C., Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: For too long, residents of Washington, D.C., have been deprived of the representation in Congress they deserve. The city has more residents than...

STATEMENT: Most House Republicans Side With Trump Administration on Cheating Defrauded Students

Washington, D.C. — Today, most House Republicans voted against overriding President Donald Trump’s veto of a bipartisan joint resolution that would have overturned a harmful 2019 regulation by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The regulation made the borrower relief process less friendly to borrowers by setting unrealistic standards for evidence and making it impossible...

STATEMENT: The Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Is a Critical Step Toward Meaningful Police Reform, CAP’s Ed Chung Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020—H.R.7120—a comprehensive police reform bill centered on law enforcement accountability. Ed Chung, vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement after the vote: Today the U.S. House of Representatives delivered...

STATEMENT: The Federal Reserve Must Suspend Wall Street Dividends and Release Complete Stress Testing Results

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Federal Reserve Board released the results of the annual bank stress tests. In addition, the Fed, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted to finalize changes to the Volcker Rule. Meanwhile,...

STATEMENT: Supreme Court Ruling Allows the Deportation of Asylum-Seekers Without Judicial Review, CAP’s Tom Jawetz Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to authorize, without the possibility of judicial review, the expedited removal of people requesting asylum. In response, Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: As the country begins to look skeptically at judicial doctrines such as...

RELEASE: CAP Calls for the Expansion of National Service Programs as Part of COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Washington, D.C. — A new column from the Center for American Progress and The Corps Network explains why expanding and adopting national service programs can be an important part of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. National Service programs, such as AmeriCorps, often attract young workers, who face significantly higher joblessness rates than older workers....

RELEASE: CAP Report Shows How Trump Administration Is Stifling Renewable Energy Development

Washington, D.C. — The Trump administration’s hostility toward renewable energy development is reflected in policies that have cost the sector jobs, stunted growth, and impeded the nation’s ability to tackle climate change, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. Nowhere is this dynamic more apparent than at the U.S. Department of...