STATEMENT: Senate Violates Protocol in Rush To Confirm Extremist Judicial Nominees, CAP’s Neera Tanden Says

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate is poised this week to confirm six nominees for lifetime terms on the federal appeals courts. But the Senate majority has undermined decades of history and goodwill by moving forward on extremist judicial nominees who lack the support of their home-state senators. Michael Brennan will get a vote this week for a lifetime...

STATEMENT: Decision to End Honduras TPS Is Immoral and Unwise, Say CAP Immigration and National Security Experts

Léalo en español Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for nearly 57,000 Hondurans, with an 18-month delay, effective January 2020. Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response: Continuing the trend of removing protections from people...

RELEASE: The Devastating Impact of Gun Violence on America’s Youth

Washington, D.C. — Gun violence is a uniquely American epidemic, and it’s having a uniquely disproportionate impact on America’s youth. Today, the Center for American Progress and Generation Progress released a joint report detailing the intersectional crisis of youth gun violence in this country—particularly for youth of color. But young people are more than just...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the April 2018 Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Economist Michael Madowitz released the following statement today on the April 2018 Employment Situation figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The employment report from the U.S Department of Labor today showed another month of reasonably strong job growth and a topline unemployment rate of 3.9 percent. Despite the tight...

STATEMENT: Secretary DeVos’ Decision to Move Forward with 2-Step Process and Failure to Provide Guidance in Spanish Demonstrate that ED Remains Insensitive to Puerto Rico’s Reality, Says CAP’s Enrique Fernández-Toledo

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Education Department posted application forms for institutions of higher education affected by hurricanes and wildfires to apply for and access $175 million in disaster aid. However, the forms retain the onerous two-step application process for emergency assistance that members of Congress and advocates called for the Department to abandon. Enrique Fernández-Toledo, director of...

STATEMENT: Iowa Gov. Reynolds Must Reject Insulting 6-Week Abortion Ban

Washington, D.C. — Earlier this week, the Iowa Legislature passed in the dark of night Senate File 359, which would effectively ban abortion after six weeks—often before many women even become aware they are pregnant. The bill now awaits action by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R). Jamila Taylor, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress,...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Christy Goldfuss Says Kelly, Perrotta Resignations Underscore Scott Pruitt’s Culture of Corruption

Washington, D.C. — Today, two top aides to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned, including Albert Kelly, who ran the agency’s Superfund program, and Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, who served as head of Pruitt’s security team. In response, Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued...

RELEASE: CAP Charts a Path Toward Marijuana Legalization at the Federal Level, Beginning with Decriminalization and Descheduling

Washington D.C. — In April, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced his support for removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances schedules, joining his colleagues recent efforts toward legislation. Legislative actions in this area include the Marijuana Justice Act, which is co-sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR); and...

Statement on Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, released the following statement: The Center for American Progress, as a progressive organization, should and must hold itself to the highest standard against sexual harassment. It is our obligation to ensure that every one of our employees feels safe, valued, and...

RELEASE: Mulvaney Comments Highlight Urgent Need to Fix Big Money Politics; CAP Offers Two Ways to Reduce Corruption

Washington, D.C. – A stunning admission this week from Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, highlights the corrupting influence of big money in politics and policy-making and the urgent need for strong, clear reforms. Mulvaney told a group of bankers that, as a congressman, he would...