Lobbying Disclosure Exemption Allows for Continued Foreign Influence in U.S. Politics

Concerns about safeguarding U.S. democracy from foreign influence are certainly not new. Yet, in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and amidst the ongoing presidential impeachment proceedings, the federal government is paying more attention to the influence of foreign agents in American politics—an issue that has, historically, been overshadowed in mainstream political conversation. Specifically, … Read moreLobbying Disclosure Exemption Allows for Continued Foreign Influence in U.S. Politics

Repealing the SALT Cap Should Not Be a Top Priority in Reforming 2017 Tax Law

On Wednesday, December 11, the House Committee on Ways and Means will consider the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which would temporarily repeal the $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) imposed by the Trump tax law of 2017. While this law, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs … Read moreRepealing the SALT Cap Should Not Be a Top Priority in Reforming 2017 Tax Law

The Trump Administration Is Poised to Gut Environmental Review. What’s at Stake?

In the coming weeks, the Trump administration is poised to make some major changes to how much—or more likely, how little—environmental review and public input is required for federal projects, including for roads and bridges, oil and gas development, and pipeline construction. In yet another handout to Trump’s corporate donors and oil, gas and coal … Read moreThe Trump Administration Is Poised to Gut Environmental Review. What’s at Stake?

House Bill Could Lower Patients’ Prescription Drug Spending by Thousands of Dollars

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. H.R. 3 is a bold step toward reducing the high prices of prescription drugs through Medicare negotiation. The legislation gives the secretary of health and human services the authority to directly negotiate … Read moreHouse Bill Could Lower Patients’ Prescription Drug Spending by Thousands of Dollars

Russian Flags Over an American Base

President Donald Trump’s erratic policy shifts on Syria this fall have planted the seeds for new security threats to the United States and its allies—and Americans are noticing. The zigs and zags of Trump’s approach to Syria—announcing a full withdrawal of U.S. troops one week then sending U.S. troops back to “secure the oil” the … Read moreRussian Flags Over an American Base

The Lack of Oversight in Trump’s Justice Department

In the upcoming days, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), led by Michael Horowitz, will be releasing a report related to President Donald Trump’s frequent claims that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign. And while early reports indicate the investigation will refute claims that the FBI did so, … Read moreThe Lack of Oversight in Trump’s Justice Department

Building Momentum: State Progress on Early Learning in 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, state-level momentum for early learning shows few signs of slowing down. Many governors followed up on campaign promises by collectively proposing nearly $3 billion in new funding in their 2019 budgets to improve infant well-being and address child care’s high costs, low wages, and lack of quality options. In … Read moreBuilding Momentum: State Progress on Early Learning in 2019

Turkish Conservatives’ Loyalty to Erdoğan and Views on Potential Successors

Turkey’s relations with the United States and the European Union are at a nadir amid deep concern about President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s autocratic drift, aggressively unilateral foreign policy, and coziness with Russia. This situation has led to a debate among political analysts and government officials about whether the United States and Europe should adopt a … Read moreTurkish Conservatives’ Loyalty to Erdoğan and Views on Potential Successors

What Women Need: An Agenda to Move Women and Families Forward

To view the interactive, scroll down on this page. Click here for a PDF version of this interactive. The Trump administration has unleashed an unprecedented set of attacks against women and the programs and policies upon which they depend. Such attacks include policies that deny women access to abortion and contraception; weaken protections against sexual assault; … Read moreWhat Women Need: An Agenda to Move Women and Families Forward

Climate Change Is Altering Migration Patterns Regionally and Globally

Since at least 2014, a growing number of asylum-seekers from Central America have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. While the response from the Obama administration raised genuine protection concerns, the Trump administration has taken the draconian and unwelcoming approach of dismantling the U.S. asylum system by restricting grounds for asylum, separating families, and illegally blocking … Read moreClimate Change Is Altering Migration Patterns Regionally and Globally

Unequal Application of the Marital Presumption of Parentage for Same-Sex Parents

By recognizing marriage equality nationwide, the Obergefell decision suggested in part the message that love makes a family resonated with both the public and the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet the decision itself did not fully address the many additional elements of family law beyond who one can marry. Even when same-sex couples get married and establish households … Read moreUnequal Application of the Marital Presumption of Parentage for Same-Sex Parents

Congressional Impeachment Hearings, November 21, 2019

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee will continue its public impeachment hearings on November 21 with testimony from Fiona Hill and David Holmes. CAP experts will be following along to share context throughout the proceedings. The post Congressional Impeachment Hearings, November 21, 2019 appeared first on Center for American Progress. Please follow and like us:

Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas

Authors’ note: A Latinx person is any individual with Latin American roots. The term “Hispanic” refers to all Spanish-speaking people, including those from Spain. This piece uses “Hispanic” and “Latina” to reflect the underlying data source. The U.S. Census Bureau specifically asks if respondents identify as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino in the Survey of Income … Read moreShort-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas

Gun Violence in America: A State-by-State Analysis

Gun violence has become a grim reality of life in the United States. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of Americans say that they know someone who has been shot, and another 23 percent report that a gun has been used to threaten or intimidate them or a family member. A … Read moreGun Violence in America: A State-by-State Analysis

Trump’s Energy Policies Put Alaska in the Climate Crosshairs

Since taking office in 2017, the Trump administration has had Alaska’s wild places in its crosshairs. This winter, the administration will attempt to auction off the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, which would have extensive impacts on a pristine ecosystem and the Alaska Native communities that depend on its resources … Read moreTrump’s Energy Policies Put Alaska in the Climate Crosshairs

Congressional Impeachment Hearings, November 13, 2019

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee is hosting its first public impeachment hearings starting November 13. Both acting Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent will be testifying under subpoena. Experts from the Center for American Progress will be following along … Read moreCongressional Impeachment Hearings, November 13, 2019

Oil and Gas Development Is Creating a Problem for the Arid West

A review of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s most recent oil and gas leasing data along with a new map of water scarcity in the American West shows that the Trump administration’s efforts to expand fossil fuel development on U.S. public lands could endanger the quantity and quality of water that is available to … Read moreOil and Gas Development Is Creating a Problem for the Arid West

The Medical Profession Has a Diversity Problem. Ending DACA Would Only Make It Worse

America has a shortage of doctors—and an even bigger shortage of physicians of color. That’s one reason why the potential loss of thousands of medical professionals in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could prove so devastating. On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on … Read moreThe Medical Profession Has a Diversity Problem. Ending DACA Would Only Make It Worse

More Than 1,400 Organizations and Individuals Voice Their Support for DACA

For a list of the Center for American Progress’ top recent resources on DACA, see: “Resources on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” by the CAP Immigration Team On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the lawfulness of the Trump administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. … Read moreMore Than 1,400 Organizations and Individuals Voice Their Support for DACA

HHS Proposal Puts Millions of Americans at Risk of Discrimination When Accessing Federally Funded Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is tasked with ensuring the health and well-being of all Americans, developing strategies to address public health crises, and conducting research and designing treatment interventions to end deadly chronic diseases. It accounts for more than one-fourth of all federal spending and is made up of 11 … Read moreHHS Proposal Puts Millions of Americans at Risk of Discrimination When Accessing Federally Funded Services

365 Harms: The Trump Administration’s Record on People of Color

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, his administration has implemented or proposed policies and practices that negatively affect people of color. From decreasing civil rights enforcement to threatening the Affordable Care Act to undermining the U.S. immigration system, the administration has put the United States in peril instead of moving the nation forward. … Read more365 Harms: The Trump Administration’s Record on People of Color

Early Decision Harms Students of Color and Low-Income Students

In early November, thousands of hardworking students across the country will send in their early decision or early action applications for coveted spots at the nation’s most prestigious colleges. These early admissions processes—which provide a way for colleges to identify the most passionate applicants and give them a better chance of admission to their dream … Read moreEarly Decision Harms Students of Color and Low-Income Students

Moving Backward

This piece is an update to a column published last year by the Center for American Progress and the National Partnership for Women & Families. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) guarantees women critically important consumer protections, including by prohibiting discriminatory insurance practices in pricing and coverage in the individual market. Before the law was enacted, … Read moreMoving Backward

An International Climate Road Map for the Next President

In the coming week, President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will file papers to officially withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on November 4 of next year. This edict would be the latest example of the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on the worldwide effort to combat climate change, which suffered … Read moreAn International Climate Road Map for the Next President

Beyond Our Borders but Within Our Control

For more information on cross-border gun trafficking, see: “Beyond Our Borders: How Weak U.S. Gun Laws Contribute to Violent Crime Abroad” by Chelsea Parsons and Eugenio Weigend Vargas Gunfire, explosions, and chaos erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán on October 17, 2019, as members of the Sinaloa cartel took to the streets armed with … Read moreBeyond Our Borders but Within Our Control

5 Questions About the Commission on Unalienable Rights

Last week marked the first official meeting of the U.S. State Department’s new Commission on Unalienable Rights. The meeting was held in a State Department auditorium in front of a crowd of a few dozen U.S. officials and nongovernmental organization (NGO) representatives. The commission’s stated purpose is to provide “fresh thinking about human rights discourse,” … Read more5 Questions About the Commission on Unalienable Rights

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-October 2019 Jobs Release

Tomorrow, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its Employment Situation Summary for the month of October. These numbers come at the end of a busy week of economic news, with the Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) releasing the advanced estimate of third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) … Read moreThe State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-October 2019 Jobs Release

Closing a Major Loophole in Default Rate Accountability

In late September, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled its newest list of colleges at risk of losing federal financial aid because too many of their students defaulted on their loans. The department’s findings were similar to those from all but one of the past 19 Septembers: Around a dozen schools faced consequences, most of … Read moreClosing a Major Loophole in Default Rate Accountability

Modernizing the Federal Charter Schools Program

Twenty-five years ago, Congress created the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) as part of 1994’s Improving America’s Schools Act, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Just a few years earlier, in 1991, the country’s first charter school law was enacted in Minnesota, with the idea quickly spreading to California … Read moreModernizing the Federal Charter Schools Program

America Adrift: Listening to What Americans Want From U.S. Foreign Policy

See also: “America Adrift: How the U.S. Foreign Policy Debate Misses What Voters Really Want” by John Halpin, Brian Katulis, Peter Juul, Karl Agne, Jim Gerstein, and Nisha Jain See also: “American Foreign Policy Has Left Young Voters Behind: Here’s How To Get Them Back” by Katrina Mulligan, Blaine Johnson, and Abigail Bard In 2019, … Read moreAmerica Adrift: Listening to What Americans Want From U.S. Foreign Policy

The College Affordability Act Makes Major Improvements to Quality Oversight of Colleges

The sweeping proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act introduced last week by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) contains a set of reforms that, if enacted, would be the most important transformation of federal quality assurance and accreditation since the early 1990s. It would require that accreditors emphasize student outcomes when reviewing colleges; ensure that more … Read moreThe College Affordability Act Makes Major Improvements to Quality Oversight of Colleges

The Value of an On-Time Repayment Rate

In 1992, Congress created the cohort default rate, the first measure to judge colleges on student loan outcomes and put federal aid access at risk for poor performance. It did so to bring down a national default rate that approached 25 percent and to take aid away from schools that saw too many borrowers end … Read moreThe Value of an On-Time Repayment Rate

Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Would Be an Environmental Disaster

In 2018, the Trump administration put forward a highly controversial plan to expand offshore drilling off the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the west coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska. Though this drilling proposal has been delayed as a result of litigation, coastal communities remain deeply concerned that the administration’s final … Read moreTrump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Would Be an Environmental Disaster