On the last day of the 1990 fiscal year, after months of difficult bipartisan negotiations, the President and leaders of Congress reached an agreement that yielded budget savings and lasting process reforms. What led to agreement then? Why was the initial agreement defeated? What lessons does that experience hold for today?
Remarkable developments are changing America’s energy landscape. Increases in domestic shale gas and oil production, growth in renewable energy, and steady efficiency improvements in all sectors of the economy have put the country on an energy and economic path that few predicted possible.
Building upon these achievements while addressing ever-present energy security threats as well as a range of environmental challenges, will require national leadership, vision, and careful policy choices.
Leadership starts with a re-invigorated approach to developing our national energy policy – an approach that can help overcome the problems that have hampered past efforts and put us on a more inclusive, balanced, resilient and enduring path. BPC’s Energy Project explored these challenges and discussed our recommendations for improving executive branch energy policy development, implementation, and accountability.
BPC hosted a panel of polling experts and politicos to examine the first statistics on voter turnout at the polls across the country, what demographics and populations showed up to cast their ballots and how, and to what degree, those votes impacted the elections.
BPC hosted a panel of election experts as part of our 2012 Election Series, taking a closer look at congressional races. Our experts discussed the most important House and Senate races across the country and how they'll affect which party will hold the two chambers of Congress. The Democracy Project released its 2012 Redistricting report outlining the impact of the 2012 redistricting cycle on the number of competitive seats and the make-up of the House of Representatives.
The Bipartisan Policy Center partnered with the Newseum to host a conversation with three groundbreaking journalists:
PBS's Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, and CNN's Candy Crowley
Woodruff and Ifill are the first all-female team to anchor a network's Republican and Democratic National Convention coverage. On October 16, Crowley moderated the presidential debate at Hofstra University, making her the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades.
The journalists talked about covering presidential campaigns and offered their unique insights into the 2012 election. The program took place just one day after the final presidential debate this year and exactly two weeks before Election Day.
Continuing its 2012 "On Leadership" Speaker Series, the Bipartisan Policy Center welcomed Jon Huntsman, former presidential candidate, governor of Utah and ambassador to both China and Singapore. Huntsman discussed his experiences on the campaign trail, reflected on his achievements as governor and described his commitment to bipartisanship across four different administrations.
The Bipartisan Policy Center's Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative will take a fresh look at our nation's financial regulatory system. The task force is comprised of former regulators and senior policy makers from both parties who have intimate first-hand knowledge of our financial and regulatory systems. Our goal is to produce bipartisan consensus reforms to our financial regulatory system to promote long-term sustainable economic growth.
Iran's nuclear program is the most pressing national security challenge facing the United States. Making an informed judgment about which policy to pursue requires considering risks of stopping Iran's nuclear ambitions and the costs of failing to do so. Indeed, the consequences of a nuclear Iran are not limited to geopolitical risk, but carry a substantial economic risk too.
As political discussion has devolved more and more into hyperbole and vitriol over the past few years, solutions to the critical issues that face the nation - including our mounting deficits and national debt - have proven elusive. How to bring this discussion back to substantive issues, as opposed to partisan rhetoric?