STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden Warns That Increasing Tensions in Middle East Could Put U.S. on Path to War

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden issued the following statement regarding increasing tensions between Iran and the Trump administration: The Trump administration is increasing tensions in the Middle East at a time when America should do the exact opposite. The current approach is putting us on the path to...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Simon Clark on the Trump Administration’s Failure to Join the ‘Christchurch Call’

Washington, D.C. — Following today's announcement from the Trump administration that the United States will not be joining the "Christchurch Call" to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Simon Clark, senior fellow with the National Security and International Policy program at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda...

STATEMENT: Despite Risks, Trump Administration Allows Risky Mining Project Near Boundary Waters Wilderness

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its decision to let a massive mining company exploit one of the nation’s most popular wilderness areas in northern Minnesota. The BLM agreed to renew leases issued more than five decades ago for Twin Metals Minnesota to mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness...

RELEASE: Governors Call for Nearly $3 Billion in New Funding for Early Childhood Programs

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new issue brief looking at what governors are doing to support state early childhood programs. The state-by-state analysis finds that 32 governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C., have proposed more than $2.93 billion in new funding for state child care, preschool, and home visiting programs. The sum is...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Tom Jawetz Praises Senate Plan to Responsibly Manage Central American Refugee Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Today, Senate Democrats introduced the Central America Reform and Enforcement Act, a major proposal to more effectively and humanely address the Central American refugee crisis, including by making smart and targeted investments to address the root causes of migration. In response, Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for...

RELEASE: Students at Private Schools, Including Those Accepting Public Money Through Voucher Programs, Overwhelmingly Lack Civil Rights Protections

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new issue brief looking at anti-discrimination protections for students attending private schools and students participating in voucher programs that provide public funding to private schools through programs such as traditional private school vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax credit scholarships. These protections ensure that students have avenues of...

RELEASE: CAP Report Considers Effect of Expanding Offshore Aquaculture

Washington, D.C. — As the United States considers expanding the commercial farming of fish, shellfish, and seaweed into federal waters, a new report from the Center for American Progress says policymakers should balance economic opportunity with environmental protection. Aquaculture offers major economic benefits, but it must be balanced with regulations to ensure the proper location,...

RELEASE: Nearly Two-Thirds of Mothers Continue To Be Family Breadwinners, Black Mothers Are Far More Likely To Be Breadwinners

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis by the Center for American Progress finds that in 2017, nearly two-thirds—64.2 percent—of mothers were primary, sole, or co-breadwinners for their families. According to CAP’s analysis, 41 percent of mothers were sole or primary breadwinners in 2017, bringing in at least half of their families’ incomes. Nearly another one-quarter of mothers—23.2 percent—were co-breadwinners,...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Enrique Fernández-Toledo Praises House Passage of Disaster Relief Bill, Calls On Senate To Follow Suit

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure providing $17.2 billion in relief and recovery assistance for areas affected by natural disasters, including areas in Puerto Rico damaged by the hurricane in 2017. This funding includes $600 million for hundreds of thousands of low-income Puerto Rican families who are still struggling...

RELEASE: CAP Report Offers a New Approach to Ending Gerrymandering

  Washington, D.C. — Currently, many proposals to end gerrymandering prohibit map-drawers from looking at political data such as prior voting patterns and instead rely on a set of neutral-seeming criteria. But Alex Tausanovitch, director of Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform at the Center for American Progress, explains that in some places, this can have the...

EVENT ADVISORY: Antitrust Can Spur Health Care Provider Competition and Protect Patients, With FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, May 14, the Center for American Progress will host an event on trends among health care providers and the role of antitrust policy. High U.S. health care prices are a major reason why Americans spend far more on health care yet are no healthier than their counterparts in other developed nations....

RELEASE: Congress Must Reauthorize, Expand, and Improve the Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. — Last month, in a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives reauthorized and strengthened the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired in February. As the Senate looks to pass its own VAWA reauthorization bill, a new Center for American Progress column calls for the Senate to include key provisions to strengthen VAWA that...

RELEASE: Trump Administration’s Support for a Minnesota Mine Endangers the Boundary Waters Wilderness, CAP Issue Brief Says

Washington, D.C. — The Trump administration is shortcutting science and ignoring local concerns to let a massive mining company exploit one of the nation’s most popular wilderness areas, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress. Twin Metals Minnesota wants to mine copper and nickel in northern Minnesota just outside the pristine...