RELEASE: New NASA Leadership Inherits Rejuvenated Space Exploration Program

Washington, D.C. — A new issue brief released by the Center for American Progress finds that there is a solid foundation for a rejuvenated and realistic space exploration program as NASA transitions to new leadership under the Trump administration. Under the leadership of former administrator Charles Bolden, NASA has made real strides over the past eight...

STATEMENT: No Reason to Think that Attorney General Sessions Will Act as Independent Check on the President, Says CAP’s Michele Jawando

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Michele Jawando, Vice President for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: In just his first week in office, President Donald Trump ordered the construction of a border wall, tried to block federal funding...

STATEMENT: Unprepared, Unaware, and Unqualified: CAP’s Catherine Brown on Senate Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

Washington, D.C. — Following the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education, Center for American Progress Vice President of Education Policy Catherine Brown released the following statement: It’s true that money talks, and for the Republican Senate majority, $4 million in donations from Betsy DeVos...

RELEASE: Column and Interactive Map Show that Cutting Environmental Protections and the ACA Could Put Americans’ Health at Risk

Washington, D.C. — The GOP Congress and the Trump administration have put dual attacks against environmental regulations and the Affordable Care Act at the center of their early legislative priorities, simultaneously putting the health of millions at risk while taking away their health care. And Trump’s nominees to run the Environmental Protection Agency and the...

STATEMENT: Trump’s Executive Orders Represent Craven Loyalty to His Wall Street and Big Business Allies, Say CAP Economic Policy Experts

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Donald Trump signed executive orders aimed at rolling back the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as the conflicts of interest rule, also known as the fiduciary rule. Marc Jarsulic, Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement: President Trump’s intent to roll back financial...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Kate Bahn on the January 2017 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Kate Bahn released the following statement today on the January 2017 employment situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS: This month’s jobs report is the final release of data that reflects how the labor market fared under President Barack Obama, with 227,000 jobs...

STATEMENT: Tearing Down Accountability Guidelines Will Hurt Schools and Students, Create Chaos and Confusion for States, Says CAP’s Catherine Brown

Washington, D.C. — Last night, Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee invoked the Congressional Review Act to begin the process of stripping state accountability guidelines—from the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act—put in place during the Obama administration. The Congressional Review Act would start the lengthy process of formal review, which could result in a...

STATEMENT: As OMB Director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney Will Ravage the Middle Class and Jeopardize the Economy, Says CAP’s Carmel Martin

Washington, D.C. — Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement today after two U.S. Senate committees approved the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to serve as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget, or OMB. Mulvaney’s nomination now moves to the...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Matt Lee-Ashley on Congress’ Vote to Enable Corruption in the Oil Industry and Allow Coal Mine Waste to Destroy Streams

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate today is expected to vote on Congressional Review Act resolutions that would overturn the stream protection rule, which protects streams and drinking water supplies from being contaminated with coal mine waste, and a rule that seeks to reduce corruption and bribery in oil operations around the world. In advance...

STATEMENT: Rumored Executive Order Sanctions Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination, Says CAP’s Winnie Stachelberg

Washington, D.C. — Tonight, media outlets reported on a potential forthcoming executive order from the Trump administration that would legalize broad discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals, as well as jeopardize women's access to health services. Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:...

STATEMENT: U.S. Deserves a Treasury Secretary Committed to Serving and Protecting Economic Interests of All Americans, Says CAP’s Marc Jarsulic

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance suspended its own rules in order to approve the nomination—without input from committee Democrats—of Steven Mnuchin to serve as secretary of the treasury. Marc Jarsulic, Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: During the Great Recession, Steve Mnuchin’s...