Since 2008, the world economy has fought hard to get back on the path to prosperity. The UK, with its world leading financial services sector, historically high levels of public debt and proximity to the Eurozone, has been in a unique position in this regard.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Immigration Task Force held the first of a series of regional events to discuss key immigration issues facing the country. Launched in February 2013, the goal of the Immigration Task Force is to develop consensus policy recommendations and produce objective analysis to further the national debate.
The United States spends more on health care than any other country and yet tens of millions of Americans are facing uncoordinated and costly medical care. With health care spending expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future and with the nation's growing federal deficit and debt, system-wide health care cost containment is both a critical component of any long term deficit reduction strategy and urgently needed to ensure the sustainability of our health care system.
Faced with continued concerns about rising health care costs and uneven quality, the federal government, states, and private sector are rapidly adopting new models of delivery and payment that promise to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Providers are being asked to provide higher quality care while lowering costs. Successfully doing so requires access to and analysis of large data sets to predict, identify interventions for, and assess cost and quality outcomes for patient populations. Most health care organizations, however, have little knowledge or expertise on how to leverage and analyze the clinical data sets now being developed as the result of an increasingly digitized U.S. health care system.
The current federal budget process has been stymied by political and philosophical priorities. Dr. Phil Joyce, William Hoagland, Maya MacGuineas, and Dr. Robert Reischauer discussed the current environment, what should happen next, and what is likely to occur.
For the second consecutive Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has considered exercising the "nuclear" or "constitutional" option to force a change in filibuster rules by simple majority vote instead of the two-thirds vote required to end debate on rules changes. And, for the second time, a bipartisan agreement was reached at the last minute to reduce the number of possible filibusters in return for more fairness in offering amendments. BPC hosted a panel of congressional and academic experts to examine how this deal compares with the previous one, and consider whether reformers are satisfied with the results.
Our national parks have an extraordinary, special place in American life and culture. Yet the erosion of park funding threatens the future of these beloved American institutions. Without creative and collaborative approaches, our parks will face increased closures, a decline in the quality of facilities and ranger services, and a diminished ability to protect threatened inholdings and maintain existing resources. The National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association are launching a national dialogue to identify potential funding strategies that can tap into the deep bipartisan appreciation for America's treasured national parks and draw on bipartisan support.
The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Commission on Political Reform (CPR) launched with a town hall meeting. USA TODAY's Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page moderated the discussion with more than a dozen commission members – including national political figures, volunteer and religious leaders, business executives, academics, state and local elected officials, and journalists. The national conversation examined how polarized our country is, the causes of that polarization and its effect on our government and decision-makers.
In conjunction with the annual three-day ARPA-E Summit, this reception brought together members of Congress and other government officials with ARPA-E key performers and other leading innovators to highlight some of America's most creative energy ideas. For more information on the Summit, click here.
America’s economy—in fact our way of life—is highly dependent on secure, affordable, and reliable energy. Though the U.S. has increasingly abundant and diverse sources of domestic energy, many challenges remain: affordable energy is still a challenge for many households and businesses; the oil and gas boom comes with environmental challenges; an aging electric grid faces infrastructure and reliability hurdles; and public investments in energy R&D are insufficient to help keep an international edge. Meanwhile, the issues of climate change, global energy market volatility, policy uncertainty, and competition for energy resources by countries with growing economies remain.