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

Administering Paid Family and Medical Leave Report
Kamila Al-Najjar, center, visits with her mother, Joan Groen, right, along with her daughter, Inanna Al-Najjar, left, at an assisted living facility in Santa Rosa, California, on July 6, 2015. (AP/Eric Risberg)

Administering Paid Family and Medical Leave

Policymakers have a number of options for how to administer an efficient and affordable national paid leave program that uses the best-proven elements of existing programs in the states and abroad.

Sarah Jane Glynn

Interactive Map: The Uneven Housing Recovery Interactive

Interactive Map: The Uneven Housing Recovery

The negative equity crisis is a dynamic phenomenon that varies in magnitude and impact over time across different geographic areas.

Michela Zonta, Sarah Edelman, Andrew Lomax

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

Who Wins and Who Loses? Report
The sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., October 2014. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Who Wins and Who Loses?

There is no shortage of tax reform ideas these days. Watch out for these claims when considering which tax reforms make sense.

Alexandra Thornton, Harry Stein

Toward Trust Report
A member of the Baltimore Police Department speaks with a protester during a march for Freddie Gray on April 23, 2015. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Toward Trust

Baltimore activists offer six ideas to make the Baltimore Police Department more accountable, transparent, and effective at preventing and solving serious crimes.

Ben Jealous

State Paid Leave Administration Report
Mary Jane Montoya, shown here with her proud parents Sara and Billy Montoya, of Fresno, California, had the winning photo in the 2012 Gerber Generation Photo Search, announced on the

State Paid Leave Administration

This report outlines key considerations for states interested in developing paid family and medical leave programs.

Sarah Jane Glynn

Do Not Gut Financial Reform in the Name of Helping Small Banks Report
Beth Waters, left, a teller at a bank in North Royalton, Ohio, helps a customer in March 2006. (AP/Jamie-Andrea Yanak)

Do Not Gut Financial Reform in the Name of Helping Small Banks

The banking industry’s claims that policymakers must roll back financial reform to help small banks do not stand up to scrutiny.

David Sanchez, Sarah Edelman, Julia Gordon

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