The Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission hosted a regional forum in Dallas, TX. The forum explored pressing issues in housing today - homeownership and the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, housing finance reform, and expanding the affordable housing supply with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit - and featured both keynote remarks and panel discussions by key members of Congress and leaders in the housing industry.
BPC has convened the Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, a joint effort of BPC’s Energy and Homeland Security Projects, to develop recommendations for how government and industry can protect the North American electric grid from cyber attacks. As part of this effort, BPC – along with the Edison Electric Institute and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners – hosted a workshop to educate stakeholders, the media, and the public on the nature of cybersecurity challenges facing the electric sector; to highlight initiatives by industry and federal and state governments to address these challenges; and to identify additional efforts needed to protect the grid.
Common Sense Action (CSA) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted the public launch of our joint partnership, AGE—the Agenda for Generational Equity. AGE aims to bring together Republican, Democratic, and Independent Millennials from college campuses across the United States to address the most pressing issues facing their generation—fiscal responsibility, economic mobility, greater Millennial investments, and national service.
The Bipartisan Policy Center and George Mason University hosted two panels featuring former Cabinet Secretaries, a former House Appropriations chairman, former Senate Budget Committee Chairman, and other budget veterans to examine their experiences in coping with budgetary shocks, and explore ways in which agencies can be better prepared to face the challenges of today’s volatile budgets.
It’s clear now that the U.S. has far more abundant oil and gas resources than was previously known, creating significantly different prospects for the future. The U.S. shale gas boom could allow the United States to transition from a net energy importer to net energy exporter in the foreseeable future—a transition that would have been unthinkable a decade ago.
The Commission on Political Reform (CPR) held its second in a series of National Conversations on American Unity in partnership with the National Constitution Center and USA TODAY in Philadelphia.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell joined CPR co-chairs Secretary Dan Glickman, Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Senator Trent Lott, and Senator Olympia Snowe for discussions on public service.
Since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship nearly five years ago, little progress has been made to fix the nation’s troubled housing finance system. Bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) marks a serious new entry in the reform debate. BPC hosted a discussion with the Senators focused on the details of their proposal and prospects for reform.
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As Congress grapples with immigration reform, border security remains a critical component of the debate. Many in Congress—and around the country—consider securing our southern border and effectively enforcing our immigration laws essential to reforming our immigration system. BPC held a conversation on border security, its role in reform and the implications for border communities.
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a discussion with Federal Reserve Governor Jerome H. Powell. Governor Powell shared his views on the benefits and costs of the Federal Reserve's current monetary policy, as well as the path forward to a stronger U.S. economy.
The use of “big data” has the potential to improve both the delivery of care and the health and wellness of individuals. During this interactive policy forum, we explored the promise, challenges, and policies that are critical to encouraging innovation in improving health and health care through the use of big data. Two key policy areas were examined in detail: (1) the role of standards in aggregating and effectively using large, disparate data sets and (2) addressing concerns about privacy and security.