RELEASE: 5 Questions About the State Department’s New Commission on Unalienable Rights

Washington, D.C. — Ahead of the second meeting of the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights on Friday, a new column from the Center for American Progress says that the panel has so far raised more questions than answers and triggered alarm bells when it comes to protecting the rights of vulnerable communities. In announcing...

STATEMENT: New Trump Administration Rule Would Undercut College Accreditation Oversight, Harming Students and Taxpayers

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration released a final rule to deregulate oversight of the nation's college accreditors, which are tasked with ensuring that schools are meeting basic quality standards. Antoinette Flores, associate director for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: The week after we find out that the Department...

RELEASE: CAP Report Calls on U.S. To Embrace European Union, Rebuild Strong Ties With European Allies

Washington, D.C. — A new report from the Center for American Progress urges the United States to revive and rebuild its alliance with Europe by fully embracing the European Union and working closely with its allies to create a powerful bulwark against the rising tide of authoritarianism. The report notes that President Donald Trump has abandoned...

STATEMENT: McConnell Standing In Way of Reforms To Curb Corruption in Government, CAP’s Sam Berger Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to allow the Senate to vote on a once-in-a-generation package that would curb corruption in government and expand voting rights for Americans. The House of Representatives already passed this legislation—known as H.R. 1—earlier this year. In response, Sam Berger, vice president of Democracy and...

EVENT ADVISORY: Winner to Be Announced at Moonshot for Kids Competition Event

Washington, D.C. — What would happen if we invested $1 billion or more in bold education research and development initiatives designed to generate fresh but evidence-backed solutions to some of education’s toughest challenges? Join the Center for American Progress and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a “Shark Tank”-style competition, where 10 early-round finalists present their “Moonshot" ideas...

EVENT ADVISORY: Advancing Good Governance in a Time of Crisis: U.S.-Japan Support for Universal Values in Asia

Washington, D.C. — From the crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong, to Myanmar’s brutal campaign against the Rohingya, to democratic backsliding in Thailand and the Philippines, to the detention of more than 1 million Uighurs in China, human rights and democracy in Asia are under attack. As the region faces significant challenges, it is vital...

RELEASE: CAP Presents Additional Findings From Poll on Public Attitudes on U.S. Foreign Policy

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress and GBAO are releasing additional results from a comprehensive examination of public attitudes about foreign policy issues. The results are presented in a series of fact sheets outlining the major findings in key thematic areas, from war and military action to diplomacy and terrorism to global...

RELEASE: Modernizing the Charter Schools Program Should Balance Growth with Improving Quality and Tackling Structural Challenges

Washington, D.C.—The Center for American Progress released a new column looking at how the 25 year-old federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) should be reformed to better meet the sector's strengths and challenges. Currently, approximately 85 percent of CSP funding supports the creation of new charter schools. The piece calls on policymakers to pursue a more...

RELEASE: The College Affordability Act Would Overhaul Efforts to Ensure Quality in Higher Education

Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress has released three new columns exploring how the College Affordability Act would strengthen quality assurance and accountability in America's higher education system—including by establishing an on-time repayment rate metric, reforming accreditation, and closing the default rate loophole. The College Affordability Act would comprehensively update the Higher Education Act (HEA) for the...

RELEASE: Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines Named Vice President of CAP’s Poverty to Prosperity Program

Washington, D.C. — Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines will head the Center for American Progress’ Poverty to Prosperity Program starting November 18, the organization announced today. In this role, Cawthorne Gaines will lead CAP’s research and advocacy work to cut poverty and expand opportunity in the United States. Cawthorne Gaines comes to CAP from the National Governors Association...

EVENT ADVISORY: Exploring Pathways to De-Escalating Middle East Tensions

Washington, D.C. — The Trump administration has taken a series of measures that have contributed to greater instability and uncertainty in the Middle East. These misguided moves include the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, sudden policy shifts in Syria, and steps aimed at changing the terms that have guided bipartisan U.S. engagement on the Israeli-Palestinian...

RELEASE: Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria Leaves Region in Shambles, Shatters U.S. Credibility

Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s uncoordinated withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria has thrown the region into chaos, shattered American credibility, and uncovered deep problems with U.S. policy toward Turkey, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress. This issue brief considers the risks of long-term instability caused by these events and...

STATEMENT: Gov. Whitmer’s New Proposal Ensures That Michiganders Will Be Paid For Their Work, Says CAP’s Neera Tanden

Washington, D.C. — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) took action to increase the number of Michiganders who would qualify for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. The proposal would raise the salary threshold, guaranteeing overtime pay above the federal threshold of $35,568. This ensures that more Michiganders would be fairly compensated for the hours they work. Following the...

STATEMENT: Withdrawing from Paris Climate Agreement is Giant Move Backwards, CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration announced it intended to begin the process of withdrawing the United states from the Paris Climate Agreement. In response, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: Today’s announcement is yet another reminder that the United States has abandoned its allies...