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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.

Cooperation between the White House and Capitol Hill is crucial to the success of negotiating a final deal with Iran

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.

If authentic, leaked recordings reveal widespread criminal activity by the Turkish government

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 proposes a significant expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers

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.

Failure to reach a compromise on Medicare reform has placed significant pressure on domestic discretionary spending

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.

The budget request includes a modest increase in funding for the agencies that implement immigration policy, totaling about $500 million

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.

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

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.

Common Core is not a curriculum, nor does it dictate exactly what children will learn

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.

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