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After a short break for the holidays, BPC is back with a great lineup of events on a variety of topics. Here’s a list of what to look out for in January as we kick off another great year of bipartisanship.

BPC research in 2013 covered everything from the debt limit to immigration reform to U.S.-Turkey policy

2013 was an interesting year for bipartisanship. It saw a mix of government gridlock as well as bipartisan resolutions. The Bipartisan Budget Agreement, a step in the right direction, was a highly visible example of a stalemate leading to cooperation. Despite the gridlock, policy debates on energy, housing, and health, just to name a few, continued and the Bipartisan Policy Center contributed to the discussion through its research.

Boosting energy efficiency can improve our quality of life, reduce household costs, and enhance our nation’s energy security

It may be hard to believe, but the greenhouse gas emissions of a typical home are double that of the average vehicle. In fact, the energy use associated with our homes accounts for some 21 percent of our nation’s overall energy consumption. That’s why a commitment to improving energy efficiency in housing must be a continued focus of our nation’s policymakers, particularly as the housing market begins to recover.

The homeownership rate for Hispanic households now stands at 47.6 percent, a sharp increase of 1.7 percentage points from last quarter

According to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the national homeownership rate now stands at 65.3 percent, slightly higher than the rate registered in the second quarter of 2013 but nearly four percentage points lower than the record high rate of 69.2 percent in 2004.

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

Tuesday, January 14
2:00PM to 3:30PM
Who: Foreign Policy Project
What: Join the Bipartisan Policy Center in Ukraine at the Crossroads: Democracy, Geopolitics, Economics and Energy, a discussion on how current issues are interacting to drive events in Ukraine, how the U.S. and E.U. should react and what the implications will be for E.U. and U.S. interests in the longer-term.

On December 6, 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center, together with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) hosted a workshop on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation of existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. In addition to discussing policy design and CO2 reduction options, the workshop explored the use of economic modeling to inform decision making about Clean Air Act section 111(d) regulation.

About 40 percent of the energy bills presented in the 113th Congress have received bipartisan sponsorship

BPC’s Energy team unveiled its new online Energy Bill Tracker, an interactive table that allows users to view and sort energy-related bills in Congress. In addition to each bill’s number, title and chamber of origination, the tracker provides sponsor and cosponsor information, along with an indicator of whether or not each bill has received bipartisan support. The most recent bipartisan bills are initially listed at the top, but if desired, the user can re-sort the table based on any of the columns presented.

We know partisanship is popular and conflict tends to be celebrated, but at BPC, 2013 was all about putting policy before politics. We’re taking a final look back at the top moments from another busy year at BPC.

State, industry and advocacy leaders gathered on December 6 to discuss what they do and don’t want included in forthcoming regulations on CO2 emissions from existing power plants. They also discussed how analytical tools are guiding their thinking. The workshop was co-hosted by BPC and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. It is the second of three workshops exploring the challenges and opportunities of CO2 regulations under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.


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