BPC Blog

A monthly roundup of events featuring Bipartisan Policy Center founders, senior fellows, project leaders and staff

Tuesday, April 1
12:30PM to 1:30PM
Who: Health Innovation Initiative
What: Join the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and TechNet in App, Map, Cloud, Code, Gadgets, Widgets & Digits: What's Next for the Innovation Economy?, a moderated panel discussion with technology industry leaders to discuss what’s next through the lens of public policy and Washington. Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for the innovation ecosystem.

In wake of the Twitter and YouTube bans put in place by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan congressional caucus, recently hosted a panel of experts for a discussion of Turkey’s disintegration of human rights and rule of law. 

The harder Prime Minister Erdoğan grasps power, the more opposition, both elite and popular, he will engender

After a decade of stability, Turkey is experiencing serious unrest. Two political conflicts are brewing—one popular, one elite. At the center of both, stands the increasingly authoritarian, and Twitter-banning, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Voters will weigh in on March 30, in local elections that launch an 18 month-long electoral season. No resolution is likely, rather continued turmoil, with domestic and international consequences.

Rep. Camp’s plan adopts proposal from Reps. Black and Davis

In tax year 2009, college students and their parents left nearly $800 million in tax benefits for higher education on the table. Students and parents filing their taxes this spring will confront the same trio of tax breaks and many will likely make similar errors.

Dodd-Frank Stress Test 2014: Supervisory Stress Test Methodology and Results
By the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

“[T]he largest banking institutions in the United States are collectively better positioned to continue to lend to households and businesses and to meet their financial commitments in an extremely severe economic downturn than they were five years ago. This result reflects continued broad improvement in their capital positions since the financial crisis.”

Imports of oil sands crude exceed the proposed capacity of the Keystone XL pipeline by more than 350,000 barrels per day

Although total U.S. imports of crude oil have declined 24 percent from their peak in 2005, imports of crude oil from Canada have increased 56 percent during that period. Canadian oil sands were the largest driver of the increase, doubling since 2005. The United States imports more crude oil from Canada than any other country—Canada accounted for 33 percent of total U.S. imports of crude oil in 2013.

BPC’s Commission on Political Reform is at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum tomorrow to discuss congressional reform

Could there be an improvement in the way Americans view Congress? Our poll says yes if the institution itself is willing to make some changes into the way it currently operates. And the next generation is the most optimistic among us.

Earlier this month Congress made significant progress on two issues of importance to the Governors’ Council – advancing the issue of e-retailers collecting state sales taxes and discussion of the nation’s workforce system.

CBO and OMB have widely different perspectives on the appropriate budgetary treatment of the GSEs

BPC’s forum on the “Implications of GSE Reform for the Federal Budget and National Debt” provided a primer on how the federal government currently accounts for the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the budgetary impact of proposals to wind down the two institutions.

The tax treatment of energy capital assets is likely to be less generous in any future tax reform bill

Even if comprehensive tax reform is unlikely to be enacted during the 113th Congress, the tax reform policy discussion has begun in earnest. Earlier this month, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released his proposal for comprehensive tax reform. Chairman Camp’s plan follows a set of proposals issued in December 2013 by former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Both proposals reform the tax code in a manner that would significantly impact the American energy system—with some surprising early agreements— though neither plan is likely to advance past discussion drafts.

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