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CAP Applauds the Historic Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, by a bipartisan vote of 258-169 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the amended version of the Respect for Marriage Act, codifying federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriage into law. Caroline Medina, director of LGBTQI+ Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response: Today’s bipartisan vote is […]

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California’s Environmental Justice Screening Tool Can Serve as Model for Biden Administration

Washington, D.C. February 4, 2021 — California’s environmental justice screening tool, CalEnviroScreen, can serve as a model for the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to identify and target benefits to disadvantaged communities, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. The executive order that President Joe Biden signed last week calls for the development of an […]

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When Women Lose All the Jobs: Essential Actions for a Gender-Equitable Recovery

Washington, D.C. February 4, 2021 – The Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress released a blueprint for a gender-equitable recovery from the current economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The issue brief looks at how women—and in particular women of color—have fared in the labor market over the past year, some of the current key drivers of […]

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Millions of Undocumented Immigrants Are Essential to America’s Recovery, New Report Shows

Washington, D.C. December 2, 2020 — A new report released today by the Center for American Progress highlights the important contributions of 10.4 million undocumented immigrants in the country today, including the work of an estimated 5 million undocumented essential workers helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic and keep the country moving. An estimated 7 million undocumented immigrants […]

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CAP’s Neera Tanden: President Trump’s Executive Orders Would Unilaterally Cut Unemployment Benefits, Drain Social Security

Washington, D.C. August 8, 2020 – Today, after the U.S. Senate majority failed to even vote on any legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump signed executive orders purportedly regarding unemployment benefits, eviction protections, student loans, and a payroll tax deferral. Following the announcement of the orders, Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the […]

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New Plan for Manufacturing, Financing, Distributing a COVID-19 Vaccine Exposes Shortcomings of Trump Admin’s Current Efforts

Washington, D.C. July 28, 2020 — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report on COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing, financing, and ethical distribution. The report summarizes the current leading trials and manufacturing capacity, lays out a powerful indictment of the Trump administration’s current efforts, and offers a detailed plan for what the federal government should be doing right now […]

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CAP Report Shows Need To Bolster Protections for Fisheries

Washington, D.C. July 7, 2020 — A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that fishery managers rarely take necessary measures to protect the very habitat they designate as “essential,” leaving the commercial fishing industry to regulate itself in ways that aren’t working. As the Trump administration takes steps to roll back existing ocean protections, […]

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Ryan Zamarripa and Jesse Lee: House HEROES Act Reflects Urgency of Ongoing Public Health and Economic Crises Caused by Coronavirus

June 10, 2020 – The United States continues to lose thousands of lives and millions of jobs each week to the coronavirus pandemic. States have begun to reopen as President Donald Trump has demanded, but his administration’s promises of adequate safety have not materialized. Indeed, the Trump administration seems to have all but forgotten about […]

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The Spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S. Highlights Urgent Need for a National Paid Leave Policy

Washington, D.C. March 12, 2020 — Today, the Center for American Progress released a new column looking at the urgent need for a national and comprehensive paid leave policy. While the United States currently has an estimated more than 1,300 confirmed coronavirus diagnoses, many more people have been instructed to self-quarantine or take other precautions that require them to […]

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Bait and Switch: How the Trump Administration Is Trying to Deport Spouses of U.S. Citizens

February 18, 2020 – Recently, a federal judge in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction that blocks federal immigration officials in the state from arresting and detaining people who have come forward—at the invitation of the government—to begin the process of obtaining a green card based upon their marriage to a U.S. citizen. Essentially, immigration officials over the past three […]

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Neera Tanden: President’s Interference in Stone Case Is Another Act of Corruption Enabled by the Senate

Washington, D.C. Feb. 11, 2020 — Today, all four career federal prosecutors withdrew from the case against President Donald Trump’s friend, Roger Stone, after the U.S. Department of Justice indicated that it would reduce its sentencing recommendation. Stone was convicted for making false statements, obstructing Congress, and tampering with a witness as part of the investigation into Russian […]

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Will Ragland and Ryan Koronowski: Public Officials Who Betray the Public Trust Pay the Price—So Should the President

January 22, 2020 – A New Jersey official sentenced to 18 months in prison for scheming to punish a local mayor deemed not loyal enough to former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). A Kentucky agriculture commissioner sentenced to 21 months for using official funds for personal gain. A Pennsylvania state treasurer sentenced to 30 months for […]

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Jeremy Venook and Max Bergmann: Impeachment Trial Witnesses: Who the Senate Should Call and What They Know

January 15, 2020 -President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are engaged in a cover-up by trying to prevent the Senate from holding a fair impeachment trial. They are attempting to block witnesses from testifying because it is clear that these witnesses will provide damning evidence against the president. Most of what […]

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Climate Action Can Offer More Than $8 Billion a Year to Farmers and Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. Jan. 8, 2020 — A new analysis from the Center for American Progress finds that specific actions to address climate change can provide a major financial benefit to farmers and rural communities. The issue brief finds that taking climate action can drive more than $8 billion per year into rural communities, including close to […]

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Amid Threats to American Democracy, New 50-State Analysis Sheds Light on the State of Civics Education

Washington, D.C. Dec. 16, 2019 — In the wake of a surge of attacks on American democracy and a rise of biased media, the Center for American Progress released a new report looking at the state of civics education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report looks at whether states require standalone civics or […]

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Disabled People Are Completely Excluded from FEMA’s 2019 Disaster Preparedness Report

Washington, D.C. December 5, 2019 – Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its 2019 National Preparedness Report. While the report is created to assess risk and gaps in preparedness for disasters for people living across the country, FEMA did not mention the word “disability” once in the report. Since 1 in 4 adults live with a […]

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New Drilling, Logging in Alaska’s Protected Areas Could Release as Much Pollution as All the World’s Cars Emit in a Year

Washington, D.C. November 20, 2019 – The Trump administration’s attacks on Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Tongass National Forest could release almost 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress. That’s almost as much pollution as all the world’s cars emit in a […]

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Average Distance Between Natural Areas and Human Development Has Fallen 40 percent in Last Two Decades, New Report Shows

Washington, D.C. October 22, 2019 – The average distance from natural places to developed areas in the United States fell by 40 percent over the past two decades, according to a scientific study commissioned by the Center for American Progress and documented in a new report released today. This fragmentation of the American landscape has become […]

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