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.
BPC’s Health Innovation Initiative hosted a policy discussion on personalized and genomic medicine, information needs, the role that health IT plays, the barriers that stand in the way of progress, and the policies needed to address those barriers. Former Senate Majority Leader and BPC Health Project Co-Chair Senator Bill Frist, MD kicked off the policy discussion, which involved experts and leaders representing the clinical, consumer, academic and research, policy, and technology communities.
The election of Hasan Rouhani as Iran's next president has raised hopes that a diplomatic deal over Iran's nuclear program might still be within reach. Some have suggested that relaxing sanctions is necessary for talks to succeed, while many continue to assert that sanctions should not be relaxed until Iran proves itself to be a transparent negotiator not simply looking to buy time as it continues to develop its nuclear program.
Former Secretary Michael Chertoff, a member of BPC's Immigration Task Force, joined Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform and the North Carolina Farm Bureau to discuss the current immigration reform debate from his unique perspective as the former secretary of homeland security. Secretary Chertoff was a lead negotiator in the attempt to reform immigration laws in 2007 and was intimately involved in developing and implementing border security and immigration policy.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve Act this December, join BPC and director Jim Bruce for a screening of "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve." Narrated by acclaimed actor Liev Schreiber, this independent, non-partisan documentary film examines America’s central bank from the inside out in a critical yet balanced way.
BPC Homeland Security Project Co-chairs former Governor Thomas Kean and former Representative Lee Hamilton presided over the release of the first in an annual series of threat assessment reports. The report provides a comprehensive review of al-Qaeda and its affiliates, as well as other homegrown extremists who may target U.S. interests, and provides recommendations to lawmakers and government officials on how best to counter the threat and protect the homeland.
Keynote remarks by Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and panel discussions on aging in place, housing with supportive services, and preserving and expanding the supply of affordable housing with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.
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.