Friday, February 7, 2014

Think Tank's Footprints All Over State of the Union

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and its founder John Podesta provided copious talking points for the State of the 2014 Union (SOTU) address.

But a lesser known fact is that only one think tank made it into the State of the Union fact sheet detailing President Obama's priorities.  That think tank is, of course, CAP.

The section titled "Middle Class Security & Opportunity At Work" has a subtitle that says "Making Progress Through Executive Action," and under that is a paragraph that says "Building a 21st Century Workplace for America's Working Families."  That is where CAP is mentioned:
In spring of 2014, the White House, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Center for American Progress (CAP), will host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for a 21st century workplace to ensure America’s global economic competitiveness in the coming decades. The Summit will make the business and economic cases for policies that support working families; showcase companies doing exemplary work in this space; and highlight model laws and policies from cities and states across the country in areas such as discrimination, flexibility, and paid leave.

If the CAP summit sounds familiar, that is because it was announced last year by the White House.  Here is where CAP said last year about the summit.

In the recently-released University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings, CAP was rated as the 10th best think tank in the United States and the 30th best think tank in the world.