In the wake of the current situation in Ukraine, including the pseudo-ceasefire, the retreat of Yanukovych and attempts of Russia to secede Crimea from Ukraine, we’ve captured highlights from BPC’s recent event on Ukraine’s democracy, geopolitics, economics and energy.
Developers of affordable housing properties rely on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to provide the equity needed to build quality housing that would otherwise be unaffordable to low-income households.
Paul Stern contributed to this post.
Much has been said about the feasibility of passing major pieces of legislation through a partisan Congress, especially with 2014 being an election year. With both parties trying to maintain their majority on one end of the Capitol and gain one on the other, 2014 may seem like a lost year for bipartisan compromise. However, history shows that immigration reform frequently occurs during election years. Reform is still possible if the legislative process is allowed to run its course.
In the midst of the continued debate over immigration reform and the close scrutiny of border security that it brings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency in charge of securing our borders, finally has a new Senate-confirmed leader after more than two years.
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget requests $9.7 billion for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) investments in energy innovation. This represents a 10 percent increase over the FY2014 enacted budget for DOE’s energy innovation programs.
It’s crazy that Congress has not acted on these critical issues, which have all received bipartisan support. We at BPC think they are ripe for congressional action.
Last weekend, while much of the foreign policy community was focused on the turmoil in Ukraine, congressional leaders reached out to the White House on another issue of international significance: preventing a nuclear Iran. In a rare bipartisan and bicameral overture, House and Senate leaders announced Sunday that they intend to send letters to President Obama urging the White House to include Congress in any final nuclear deal it negotiates with Iran.
Turkey is engulfed in a political struggle. On December 17, 2013, more than 50 people—including important businessmen and sons of government ministers—were arrested on charges of widespread and far-reaching corruption. Ever since, the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been fighting for its survival.
President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget on Tuesday. As we said in our earlier statement, the Bipartisan Policy Center believes that from a fiscal standpoint, this budget essentially constitutes a holding pattern.
On Tuesday, President Obama released his proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Unsurprisingly, with a divided Congress and mid-term elections in the offing, there is not much in the way of new initiatives to signal a shift in the status quo of partisan gridlock over reform of the Medicare program.
On Tuesday, the Office of Management and Budget released the president’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Notably, the proposal’s projected costs and savings include estimates of the fiscal impact of immigration reform, which presupposes passage of immigration reform this year.