The BPC Housing Commission hosted a regional forum in Sun Valley, ID. The forum explored pressing issues in housing today - housing finance reform and the future of FHA, innovation in rural housing, and community lenders and the role of small banks - and featured both keynote remarks and panel discussions by key members of Congress and leaders in the housing industry.
BPC's Immigration Task Force hosted a discussion on the current child immigration crisis at our nation’s southern border.
Americans’ number one financial worry is their ability to prepare for retirement. The wide variety of risks they face in preparing for and making it through a financially secure retirement means that some have good reason to be anxious. But there is a lot of diversity in the challenges each family faces and what tools they have to manage those risks. BPC hosted a discussion on the retirement system in the U.S., where it is strong, and where it could be improved.
BPC's American Energy Innovation Council gathered experts, business leaders, academics and policymakers to assess the state of American energy innovation and new approaches to drive more resources into it.
BPC and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania hosted former 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean, former Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, and other commission members on the 10th anniversary of the release of the 9/11 Commission report to examine the threat to the nation; current homeland security challenges, successes and innovations; and the difficult questions and oversight obstacles presently facing policy makers.
According to a new study by BPC and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the per capita cost of military personnel on active duty increased by 42 percent over the last decade. Overall, growth in cost was much faster than growth in the number of people serving. AEI and BPC hosted a conversation about the cost trends impacting America’s professional volunteer force and their implications for the future.
As the P5+1 approaches the July 20th deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, what standards should Congress seek in an acceptable agreement? And what are the stakes for the United States and its allies? BPC, the Foreign Policy Initiative, and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a public forum on these and other questions featuring Members of Congress and experts.
Four years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, BPC hosted a discussion of what has been accomplished in financial regulatory reform since the financial crisis, what challenges remain, and BPC's recommendations for how to address them.
BPC hosted former Members of the House and Senate Budget Committees and former Congressional Budget directors on the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act to discuss its past, its present, and its future.
Turkey's March 2014 local elections took place in the shadow of serious concerns about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's increasing authoritarianism. Unresolved allegations of voting irregularities, detailed in the Bipartisan Policy Center's recent report, Shadows and Doubts, are likely to intensify Turkish society's polarization and unrest ahead of the presidential elections in August 2014. Erdoğan has now not only announced his candidacy for president but also strongly suggested that, if successful, he will introduce a presidential or semi-presidential system in which even more political power is concentrated in his own hands.