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.
Last month, Senator Mary Landrieu (D- LA) became the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The committee’s jurisdiction spans the gamut of key issues, including national energy policy, international energy affairs, emergency preparedness, nuclear waste policy, privatization of federal assets and territorial policy among others.
Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6
Who: Lisel Loy, Director of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative
What: Lisel Loy will be speaking at the CafeWell Health Optimization Leadership Summit in Denver, Colorado.
As governors we were concerned that the next step in what appeared to be the federalization of education policy was federal standards. While we shared concerns about American academic competitiveness, as governors, we knew our constituents would not want the federal government deciding what their children learned. Thus, Common Core was born.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his comprehensive tax reform plan yesterday. It has been a long time since a sitting member of Congress was bold enough to propose a plan that includes enough detail to be scored by the Joint Committee on Taxation.
The Bank Rescue, Five Years Later
By Phillip Swagel, Co-chair, Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative
“… the program sketched out by Mr. Geithner both came to pass and made a difference. Five years later, the United States financial sector is in much better condition. Banks have absorbed losses from loans made during the bubble and rebuilt their capital, and investor confidence has returned. Mr. Geithner’s proposals did not all work right away or in the scale initially envisioned. In the end, however, Secretary Geithner deserves credit for making good on what he promised.”
House Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (R-MI) released a proposal that aims to overhaul and simplify the tax code. One of the proposal’s provisions would limit unauthorized immigrants’ eligibility for the Additional Child Tax Credit.