State of the Union 2016

The Center for American Progress believes in pragmatic solutions that create opportunity for all Americans. CAP has developed bold ideas that champion the common good and push for effective governance. In anticipation of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, here are some of the policies and related CAP work that could be highlighted in the speech.

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On Hope, Change, and Having Kids Article
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (AP/Evan Vucci)

On Hope, Change, and Having Kids

While some of the optimism surrounding President Barack Obama’s election remains, he is leaving office in a less hopeful climate than when he entered.

Claire Markham

Saving the Best for Last Article
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Januray 12, 2016. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Saving the Best for Last

President Obama’s final State of the Union address challenged voters to do the hard work of fulfilling the American promise.

Sam Fulwood III

Congress Should Act to Make Criminal Justice Reform History Article
A prisoner stands in an isolation cell in the Dane County Jail in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 16, 2014. (AP/Morry Gash)

Congress Should Act to Make Criminal Justice Reform History

The effects of mass incarceration ripple across the United States and affect all Americans. Congress should seize the historic opportunity to begin to repair the U.S. criminal justice system.

Todd A. Cox