The long-running debate over discretionary (annually appropriated) spending levels has become immensely confusing. There have been so many different plans and figures thrown around over the past several months that it has been easy to lose track—even for close watchers of the federal budget.
Thursday, December 5
1:30AM to 2:45PM
Who: Janet M. Marchibroda, Director for Health Innovation
What: The Health Level Seven International (HL7) Policy Conference is gathering recognized experts, implementers and funders in the vanguard of health technology and policy change for a conversation about today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities. The conference theme is Beyond Borders: Interoperability and the Future of Healthcare. Janet M. Marchibroda will speak at a session that will outline the near-term and futuristic policy issues involved in a connected, learning health care system.
Ending Too Big to Fail
By Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley
“A holistic approach is needed that both provides a credible resolution process for large, complex and interconnected banks, uses enhanced prudential standards and initiatives to further reduce the probability of default and the social losses associated with a default, and that incents management to intervene early to address incipient problems before they threaten the viability of the firm. Relying solely on resolution is not sufficient. Until the Title II resolution process is used, there will remain uncertainties regarding how well this approach will work in practice—especially in a time of market stress. For this reason it is also important to continue to pursue a number of alternative approaches.”
The recent interim deal with Iran has been variously described as “halting,” “freezing” and even “rolling back” Iran’s nuclear program. These terms, however, are a mischaracterization. Not only does Iran continue to accumulate enriched uranium under the interim deal, but it is actually possible for Iran to progress closer to an undetectable nuclear weapons capability without violating the terms of the agreement. Slowing the acceleration of most, but not all, aspects of Iran’s progress towards nuclear capability would be a more accurate characterization of the deal struck in Geneva.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu arrived in Washington last Sunday for a series of meetings with White House officials, including his counterpart Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The ongoing crisis in Syria received special attention, but talks touched on the wide range of issues of interest to both parties: from Turkey’s relations with its neighbors to its missile defense deal with China; negotiations for the U.S.-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and domestic developments in Turkey.
A new report by the Congressional Budget Office out yesterday may have created confusion about the timing of the next debt limit event.
Last month, Congress and the president passed legislation to temporarily suspend the debt limit. What does that mean and when will they next have to address it? BPC has answers to these important questions.
Americans pause this week to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While that moment will always be etched in our nation’s collective memory, there is a much less well-known 50th anniversary milestone this month, one that relates to registration and voting, which should be celebrated as one of the sparks of the modernization of election administration.