Last month, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Kiev’s Independence Square to protest against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of the E.U. and turn towards Russia. Multiple issues are at stake in Ukraine’s seemingly simple—East or West?—decision. For protestors, Yanukovych’s embrace of Russia symbolizes the unfulfilled democratic potential of the 2004 Orange Revolution. But Ukraine is also teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and dependent on Russian energy, and Moscow offered Kiev supposedly unconditioned financial inducements that the E.U. and U.S.
As implementation of Dodd-Frank continues, some questions remain. Does Dodd-Frank permit our financial regulatory system to effectively handle all types of financial institutions, or did it impose a bank-centric regulatory framework capable of causing major problems for non-banks? Do regulators appreciate the difference between banks and non-banks? Do they have the legal flexibility to make appropriate distinctions?
Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, headlined a discussion on the role of private capital in a reformed housing finance system.
BPC held the first in a series of events leading up to the July 2014 event to commemorate 10 years since the release of the 9/11 Commission report. We evaluated the state of intelligence reforms since the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, determining if in the post-Snowden era, our intelligence capabilities are where they need to be to meet the threat facing our nation.
The event and the luncheon following the public panel discussion have been CANCELLED due to weather conditions. We apologize for the inconvenience.
BPC's Energy Project hosted a public workshop about key policy design considerations for the regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The event also explored the use of economic modeling to understand the potential impacts of GHG regulations.
The Aspen Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center and Intel Corporation hsoted a conversation on the far-reaching implications of the big data "information revolution" for innovation, economic growth, privacy and security in our increasingly connected world.
Congress will soon turn its attention to reauthorizing the passenger rail legislation, enacted in 2008. A critical element of this legislation, as well as the focus of attention by the Northeast Corridor Commission, established by this bill, is the future of passenger rail services in the critically important Northeast Corridor. This region of the country is of great significance to the national economy, and transportation services in the Corridor are intimately related to its economic growth and prosperity.
As part of the Commission on Political Reform, BPC hosted a “Women as Leaders” forum featuring former Senators Olympia Snowe and Blanche Lincoln, former Secretary Ann Veneman, and former White House Budget Director Alice Rivlin.
The BPC Housing Commission hosted a regional forum in Los Angeles, CA. The forum explored pressing issues in housing today – demographic trends impacting housing markets, efforts to link housing and healthcare to serve the most vulnerable, access to credit for perspective homebuyers, and efforts to incentivize the adoption of energy efficiency measures in housing - and featured both keynote remarks and panel discussions by key members of Congress and leaders in the housing industry.