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

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the February 2019 Employment Situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The labor market added just 20,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, with wage growth up 3.4 percent over the year. Slow and steady progress in...

STATEMENT: California Becomes Largest State to Introduce Clean Slate Legislation

Washington, D.C. — California has become the most populous state to introduce clean slate, automated record-clearing legislation. A.B. 1076 provides for the automatic clearing of eligible criminal records for residents who have satisfied all conditions, without requiring the filing of a petition or motion. Rebecca Vallas, vice president for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center...

STATEMENT: Eric Murphy’s Troubling Record Shows He Can’t Be Trusted with 6th Circuit Seat, CAP’s Jake Faleschini Says

Washington, D.C. – As the Senate prepares to vote on the nomination of Eric Murphy for a seat on the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Jake Faleschini, director of the Federal Courts Program at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: Eric Murphy has spent much of his career working to undermine...

STATEMENT: Federal Reserve’s Refusal to Activate Countercyclical Capital Buffer Leaves Banking System Vulnerable, CAP’s Gregg Gelzinis Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Federal Reserve Board voted against activating the countercyclical capital buffer, a loss-absorbing equity cushion that would apply to the largest banks in the country. Gregg Gelzinis, policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: The Fed’s refusal to activate the countercyclical capital buffer completely ignores the...

STATEMENT: The American Family Act Would Help Millions, Says CAP’s Neera Tanden

Washington, D.C. — Today, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D CT), and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the American Family Act, which would dramatically reduce child poverty by strengthening the Child Tax Credit for all families with children, while creating a new monthly Young Child Tax Credit for families with children younger than age 6 to help parents invest in young children during...

STATEMENT: Chad Readler’s Despicable Record Should Disqualify Him From 6th Circuit Seat, CAP’s Jake Faleschini Says

Washington, D.C. — As the Senate prepares to vote on the nomination of Chad Readler for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Jake Faleschini, director of the Federal Courts Program at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: The Senate should not hand a lifetime appointment to a right-wing...

RELEASE: TPS Holders in Construction Industry Play an Outsized Role in States Where Natural Disaster Recovery Efforts Are Ongoing

Washington, D.C. — In advance of the March 6 U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients"—and the fly-in in which more than 75 Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers and advocate for permanent protections—the Center for...

EVENT ADVISORY: International Women’s Day: The Global Fight for Abortion Rights

Washington, D.C. — Next Wednesday, the Center for American Progress—in partnership with partners Ipas, International Planned Parenthood Federation-Western Hemisphere Region, and Planned Parenthood Global—will host International Women's Day: The Global Fight for Abortion Rights. The event will convene leaders in movements for legal, safe, and free abortion across the world to discuss their victories, the work that remains, and the lessons that...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Commends Passage of Gun Violence Legislation

Washington, D.C. — This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two critical pieces of gun violence prevention legislation and is now sending those bills to the Senate. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, or H.R. 8, will require universal background checks, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, or H.R. 1112, will address the so-called Charleston Loophole and minimize the...

STATEMENT: Andrew Wheeler Will Continue to Do Polluters’ Dirty Work at the Expense of Communities Across the Country

Washington, D.C. — After the Senate voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: This is a bad day for anyone who depends on clean air, safe water, and a stable...

RELEASE: Progressive Grassroots and Policy Organizations Call on Congress to Pass Comprehensive Reform to Lower Drug Prices for All Payers

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, a coalition of progressive grassroots and policy organizations sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) regarding efforts in Congress to lower prescription drug prices for the American people. The letter urges...