As the U.S. federal government shut down for the first time in nearly two decades on Tuesday, October 1st, hundreds of thousands of “non-essential” employees were told to stay home while Congress remains frozen in a funding deadlock. The partial federal shutdown will impact a number of government agencies—including those that provide immigration-related services.
Something startling happened last week when Mariano Rivera took the mound for the final time in Yankee Stadium. Fans of all stripes, Yankee and otherwise, stood to applaud and show their admiration for one of the greatest players baseball has ever known. And baseball fans all across the nation cheered, regardless of whether they were Republicans or Democrats, Yankees fans, Mets fans – or even Red Sox fans. This was a moment in the national consciousness when all could agree: Attention must be paid.
Throughout the program's tenure, what lessons have we learned? What key components continue to make it a successful program?
Mick Cornett is a Republican mayor of a major city that lies in the heart of a red state. But, Mayor Cornett has still found a way to convince both the Oklahoma City City Council and city residents to support a penny-on-the-dollar sales tax to pay for a massive infrastructure development project. His efforts have revitalized the city’s downtown, spurred economic growth, helped residents shed a combined one million pounds, and landed the city on the Wall Street Journal’s 2011 “Best Places to Live” list.
The shutdown of the federal government means all non-essential employees are prohibited, by law, from coming to work. Among those jobs considered ‘non-essential’ are the departments and agencies which collect and process the government’s official economic data.
It’s a common misconception that housing affordability is a problem that exclusively affects our nation’s urban families. Despite getting most of the attention by policymakers, urban areas do not have a monopoly on housing needs. The truth is that paying for housing is also a continuous struggle for many families in rural America.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 expanded on these requirements with bipartisan support, increasing the minimum quantity of biofuels to 15 billion gallons in 2015 and an additional 21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2022. In addition, the renewable fuel volume requirements were broken down into four categories: total renewable fuels, advanced renewable fuels, biomass-based diesel, and cellulosic biofuels. To qualify in each of these categories, biofuels are required to meet a minimum lifecycle greenhouse gas threshold and use renewable biomass that complies with certain land use restrictions.
This month, BPC highlights Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) for their bipartisan efforts in the foreign policy arena. Congressmen Royce and Engel serve as their parties’ leaders on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs–Royce as the Chair of the Committee and Engel as the Ranking Member–and have sought to tackle issues facing the country in a bipartisan manner.
Tuesday, October 1
5:30PM to 6:30PM
Who: Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative
What: On Tuesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will host a reception for Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy, a book co-authored by John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig. The reception will feature remarks from Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and will be followed by a book signing.
Although the Obama administration has touted recent gridlock and partisan politics as a significant factor for delayed votes on nominees, delays in the nominations process are not a new trend. When looking at the nominees put forward by the Bush administration between 2001 and 2008, Senate inaction for some candidates was extensive. For instance, Joseph Timothy Kelliher’s nomination sat in the Senate for 554 days. However, longer delays are often due to presidential inaction. For example, it took President Obama 819 days to nominate Jon Wellinghoff to be a FERC commissioner.