With the failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to reach a consensus, the stalemate on addressing the U.S. budget deficit continues. But the problem remains: to close the budget gap, revenues must be increased and spending must be reduced. And there is a growing consensus that the federal deficit cannot be brought under control unless reforms are enacted that slow the growth of Medicare spending.
Senator Wyden and Congressman Ryan discussed the future of the Medicare debate and took questions from the audience.
As we enter the 2012 election cycle, how are hotly contested debates about redistricting affecting the political landscape? BPC held a unique and informative discussion about potential redistricting reforms, the current state of redistricting efforts around the country and their impact on next year's presidential race.
"This year’s renewable energy National Policy Forum takes place at a critical juncture. Our nation’s economy teeters on the balance after the super committee failed to produce a viable deficit reduction plan forcing Congress to decide whether to accept automatic spending cuts or find a more deliberate approach to shrink the massive budget deficit. Discussions are taking place to sort out next steps, such as tax reform legislation, as well as extension of the important 1603 cash grant in lieu of tax credits and the PTC, both set expire at the end of 2011 and 2012 respectively. The Phase II National Policy Forum will define the next steps for the future of renewable energy policy: Will Congress follow through on sequestration and what does it mean for our sector? Will renewable energy face extension, expiration or premature elimination of government incentives? Why should and how can Congress best support renewable energy development in this age of fiscal austerity?
Read a blog post recapping the event here.
Healthcare lawyers and consultants must keep up with a dizzying array of changes in the healthcare system to best serve their clients. Inside the Beltway, major budget cuts, regulatory overhauls and reform efforts are moving forward at unprecedented speeds, producing widespread, inevitable and rapid changes to the U.S. health care marketplace. This policy conference, a precursor to the Payors, Plans and Managed Care Law Institute on December 6-7, laid out the groundwork for business decisions and legal analysis around health industry transformation-both nationwide and local-and offer essential insights from experienced Congressional and policy experts.
Politics, Civility, and the News Media
A Roundtable Series Presented by The Aspen Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center
The Bipartisan Policy Center held a press conference marking the release of a new report:
Just weeks before the 2012 presidential caucuses and primaries heat up an already polarized political environment, the Bipartisan Policy Center headed back to New Orleans for its third Annual Political Summit, Taking the Poison out of Partisanship, on November 15 and 16.
Launching BPC’s new speaker series “On Leadership” was Exelon Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe, the nation’s longest-serving chief executive in the rapidly changing utility industry. Rowe, who plans to retire in early 2012, looked back on his nearly three decades as a key voice on energy and environmental policy and shared his insights on leading a Fortune 200 company through a time of economic and regulatory uncertainty.