What We’re Reading in Health and Housing, July 30

Housing July 30, 2015
BPC's Health and Housing Task Force is sharing recent publications, speeches and testimony we consider relevant to our work.

How FSOC Undermined, and the Fed May Save, U.S. Case for Insurance Regulatory Equivalence

Justin Schardin July 30, 2015
EU officials will soon make several decisions whether to grant U.S. insurance regulation “equivalence” with the EU’s new insurance regulatory and capital regime.

Six Things to Look for in the Final Clean Power Plan

Jason Grumet, Tracy Terry July 29, 2015
In coming days, EPA is expected to release its final rulemaking to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act.

Community Strategies Key to Countering Violent Extremism

Jessica Michek July 29, 2015
The severity of the threat is clear: influxes of foreign fighters are joining the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and may return as a threat to the homeland.

Obama and Boehner Agree on Need for Criminal Justice Reform

Blog July 29, 2015
Senator John Cornyn indicated that members of a bipartisan working group in the Judiciary Committee are “remarkably close” to a deal on legislation.

Sanctuary Cities and Immigration Detainers: A Primer

Lazaro Zamora July 28, 2015
The recent murder of Kathryn Steinle by an unauthorized immigrant released from custody in San Francisco has reignited the issue of “sanctuary” cities.

Federal Reserve Dividends Should Not Be a Piggy Bank for Congress

Tinkering with the Federal Reserve’s system to fund current congressional spending initiatives sets a dangerous precedent and is bad policy.

Congressional Highway Bills Are Increasingly Irresponsible

Ben Ritz July 24, 2015
Lawmakers have resorted to gimmicks to cover up the Highway Trust Fund’s shortfall and enable further procrastination.

Is Turkey’s Shift Against ISIS More Tactical Ploy Than New Chapter?

Blaise Misztal July 24, 2015
Acceding to U.S. demands for greater support in the fight against ISIS was the right move right now for Erdogan as he tries to regain power.

Key Immigration Provisions in House and Senate DHS Appropriations

Lazaro Zamora July 24, 2015
The approved budgets from the Republican-led House and Senate committees fall about $1 to $2 billion below President Obama’s request.