BPC released a study of the economic and budgetary impacts of varying policy frameworks for immigration reform. Leading economists discussed the findings and the role of immigration reform in economic growth.
Top housing experts and policymakers debated and discussd the housing finance system in the United States and plans for reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The region-wide political upheaval, which began more than two years ago, has given both the United States and Turkey an important interest in containing and minimizing the spreading instability and chaos. Today, to secure those interests, both countries need a strong, cooperative partnership. But challenges to such a partnership have steadily mounted.
Fifty percent of Americans live with one or more chronic illnesses, and diet and physical activity are key risk factors for many. Health care professionals are uniquely positioned to change this trend through patient education, but unfortunately they often lack the training and incentives to deliver this guidance. If there is to be a shift in focus from curative to preventive care, the medical school curriculum must include nutrition and physical activity education.
The Commission on Political Reform held its third in a series of National Conversations on American Unity in partnership with The Ohio State University and USA TODAY in Columbus, OH. The event convened current and former elected officials and election experts for a town hall meeting and panel discussion exploring issues related to elections such as redistricting, primary reform, and resolving disputed elections.
The development of abundant, low-cost natural gas supplies in the United States has facilitated a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. But there are concerns that natural gas will crowd out investments in other low carbon energy technologies, such as renewables, carbon capture and storage and nuclear energy. Debate ensues as to whether natural gas is a transition or a destination fuel, largely based on estimates of the cost of incentives to develop and commercialize the next generation of low carbon energy technologies.
In August, six federal regulators proposed a revised qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule that was largely welcomed by industry and public interest groups. This rule was viewed as an improvement on an earlier draft, seen as likely to unnecessarily restrict access to credit for a large segment of the population.
Co-authored by John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig
Featuring remarks from Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
President Obama highlighted power plant greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation as a key feature of his Climate Action Plan and directed EPA to issue final regulations for the existing fleet of power plants by June 2015. These regulations will raise a variety of policy and technical issues and will provide opportunities for different approaches to be used by states, which will have a critical role in implementation. To advance constructive dialogue on these new regulations, BPC's Energy Project, along with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), is convening a series of workshops in the coming months.
The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was one of the most significant changes to financial regulation included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB assumed substantial regulatory powers from other bank regulators and was granted additional power to oversee industries and products that previously were not subject to comprehensive federal consumer protection regulation.