STATEMENT: Trump Should Apologize for Disgraceful Comments on Soldiers and Wounded Veterans

Washington, D.C. — Multiple press reports revealed that President Donald Trump called soldiers who died fighting for their country “losers” and “suckers” and that he asked a military parade to exclude wounded veterans because “nobody wants to see” amputees. In response, Lawrence Korb and Rebecca Cokley of the Center for American Progress issued the following statements: Lawrence...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the August 2020 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the August 2020 employment situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning that the unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent as the economy, bolstered by temporary Census hiring, added 1.4 million jobs in...

RELEASE: The Trump Administration Is Targeting Transgender People Experiencing Homelessness

Washington, D.C. — For the past six months, millions of Americans have watched their financial standing deteriorate rapidly thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As a result, an unprecedented number of residents are facing housing instability. It is in the midst of this impending housing crisis that the Trump administration is proposing a new set of federal rules...

RELEASE: How the U.S. and Europe Can Support Belarus’ Fight for a Democratic Future

Washington, D.C. — As massive protests sweep Belarus in the wake of fraudulent elections, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress urges the United States and Europe to help support the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people. Diplomatic support from abroad can help deter the authoritarian tendencies of Belarus’ president, Alexander Lukashenko,...

RELEASE: As the Senate Fails To Act, the Cost of Child Care Is Up 47 Percent During COVID-19

Washington, D.C. — Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Child Care Is Essential Act, a $50 billion rescue package for child care with bipartisan support. In light of the U.S. Senate's failure to pass this legislation and shore up the child care sector, the Center for American Progress released a new issue...

RELEASE: 5 Immediate Steps To Rein in the Department of Homeland Security in the Wake of Portland

Washington, D.C. — The arrests of U.S. citizens on the streets of Portland, Oregon, by unidentified U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel have raised concerns about a department out of control. A new report published today by the Center for American Progress recommends five immediate steps that the next administration and Congress should take...

RELEASE: New Data Show Sharp Regional Economic Disparities After Lockdowns Ended

Washington, D.C. — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress finds that the South fared worse than the Northeast, Midwest, and West after COVID-19 lockdowns ended. The analysis looks at data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Data Survey and finds that the South, which is composed of many state governments that implemented short...

RELEASE: Foreign Investors Were Big Winners From Trump’s Tax Law

Washington, D.C. — Three years ago this month, President Donald Trump promised to enact  “pro-American tax reform,” but a new analysis from the Center for American Progress finds that foreign investors were some of the biggest beneficiaries of the Trump administration’s signature tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA disproportionately benefits...

RELEASE: Protecting U.S. Elections From Foreign Interference—Lessons From 2016

Washington, D.C. — Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election served as a sharp wake-up call for Americans, who learned how a hostile foreign power could threaten the integrity of the democratic process. A new report from the Center for American Progress offers concrete lessons that U.S. officials can learn from Russia’s meddling and specific...

RELEASE: Supreme Court Should Heed Public Safety Over Partisan Challenges to COVID-19 Public Health Orders, CAP Analysis Says

Washington, D.C. — The Supreme Court must prioritize public safety over partisan challenges to valid public health orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress. Since the pandemic began, nearly all 50 states have issued public health orders, triggering a wave of lawsuits from businesses,...

RELEASE: COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave Laws Expose the Urgent Need for a Comprehensive, Permanent Solution

Washington, D.C. — Earlier this year, Congress passed the first national paid leave laws as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to provide workers with up to two weeks—or 80 hours—of emergency paid sick leave and up to 12 weeks of emergency leave for child care, only 10 weeks of which are...

RELEASE: In Light of the Supreme Court’s June Medical Decision, New CAP Issue Brief Looks at State Threats to Abortion Access

Washington, D.C. — In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana admitting privileges law for unconstitutionally infringing on access to abortion care in June Medical Services v. Russo. Accompanying the court's majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a concurring opinion in which he signaled his willingness to uphold future abortion restrictions that come before the court—an...

RELEASE: More Than 1 in 4 American Children Experience Adversity, Driven Most by Economic Hardship

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new multiyear analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Survey of Children’s Health. This analysis identifies the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among children between the ages of 0 and 3, what disparities exist among different groups of children, and what forms of ACE are most common. The...

RELEASE: The Impact of the Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Civil Rights Ruling Will Be Felt Far Beyond Employment

Washington, D.C. — In June, the Supreme Court's four liberal justices were joined by two of their conservative colleagues in issuing a decision on Bostock v. Clayton County, a landmark ruling that holds that LGBTQ employees are entitled to legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Erin Cohan Applauds Introduction of the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2020

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2020, a bill that would recognize the inherent authority of Puerto Rico to create a constitutional convention to determine a long-term solution for the political status of the island and establish a mechanism for a congressional...