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

The Private Mortgage Market Investment Act Testimony
CAP Senior Fellow Janneke Ratcliffe              testified before the   House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored   Enterprises on November 3rd, 2011, to discuss the Private Mortgage   Market Investment Act. (AP/ Paul Sakuma)

The Private Mortgage Market Investment Act

CAP Senior Fellow Janneke Ratcliffe testifies before the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.

Janneke Ratcliffe

Improving Oversight and Review of Federal Agencies Testimony
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Improving Oversight and Review of Federal Agencies

Scott Lilly testifies before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Scott Lilly

Addressing the Long-Term Budget Deficit Testimony
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Addressing the Long-Term Budget Deficit

Michael Ettlinger testifies before the Senate Committee on Finance on deficit reduction.

Michael Ettlinger

Ending Too Big to Fail Testimony
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Ending Too Big to Fail

Michael S. Barr testifies on ending too big to fail before the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.

Michael Barr

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