Building an Economy for All

Economic growth must be built on the foundation of a strong and secure middle class so that all Americans, not just those at the top, benefit from growth.

A child holds hands with her father and mother, January 12, 2020. (Getty/The Washington Post/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

What We're Doing

Investing in a stronger and more equitable economy

We must continue to invest in research, technology, and innovation in a manner that ensures participation and benefits communities that are too often left behind. Only through such an approach can the United States remain at the cutting edge in an increasingly competitive global market.

Strengthening worker power and economic mobility

We need to increase wages, reduce poverty among working families, increase worker power, and create pathways to economic mobility for all.

Raising the floor for basic living standards

Working toward a stronger and more equitable economy for everyone involves rebuilding, expanding, and strengthening America’s social safety net to make it more comprehensive in eligibility and services as well as more flexible in how it can be accessed and used.

Creating a new social compact with business

A new social compact with business includes a regulatory vision that better aligns investors, companies, and the public interest on critical matters such as climate, workers’ rights, and equality.

By the numbers

60M

The families of more than 60 million children have received CTC monthly payments since July 2021.

CAP, “Making the CTC and EITC Expansions Permanent Would Reduce Poverty and Grow the Economy” (2021).

$100

In 32 states, a typical family would save more than $100 per week on child care under the Build Back Better Act.

CAP, “The Build Back Better Act Would Greatly Lower Families’ Child Care Costs” (2021).

$22.5B

In a year, workers and their families lose $22.5 billion in wages due to lack of access to paid family and medical leave.

CAP, “A Real Recovery for Women Cannot Happen Without the Build Back Better Agenda” (2021).

$3.6T

The Build Back Better Act would raise $3.6 trillion in revenue to support investments in an inclusive, high-growth economy.

CAP, “Addressing Tax System Failings That Favor Billionaires and Corporations” (2021).

Recent work

Latest

Lessons From Italian Unions’ Historic Agreement With Amazon Report

Lessons From Italian Unions’ Historic Agreement With Amazon

Facilitated by worker activism, supportive policy, and a sectoral bargaining system, unions in Italy signed a collective bargaining agreement with Amazon, offering optimism for U.S. workers seeking to negotiate with the company.

David Madland

Facebook Engagement Patterns for Progressive- and Conservative-Leaning Pages Report

Facebook Engagement Patterns for Progressive- and Conservative-Leaning Pages

In this report, the Center for American Progress Action Fund uses data from its Facebook social listening database, which spans more than 500 Facebook pages that have been identified as amplifiers of progressive-leaning issues or conservative-leaning issues, to assess engagement on the platform in the second half of 2021.

Eric Coffin-Gould, Nathan Dignazio

Service Contract Workers Deserve Good Jobs Report
 (A custodial worker buffs the marble floors of the Cannon House Office Building in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 2015.)

Service Contract Workers Deserve Good Jobs

President Biden is using his executive authority to build power and improve the lives of contract workers; he can do even more to raise standards for service workers.

Karla Walter, Anastasia Christman

Federal Contracting Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect American Workers Report
A worker cleans steps prior to the arrival of the casket of late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Capitol, September 2020, in Washington. (Getty/Jonathan Ernst-Pool)

Federal Contracting Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect American Workers

By fixing problems in the federal contracting system, the Biden administration can raise standards for millions of workers, provide law-abiding companies the opportunity to compete on an even playing field, and ensure that taxpayers receive good value.

Karla Walter

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