The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a live Twitter Q&A featuring Steve Bell, senior director of BPC's Economic Policy Project. Bell fielded questions on emerging economic trends, the looming sequester, and legislation passed last week in the House that would reshape BPC's debt limit "X Date" projection.
An economic crisis threatens the American Dream. Real-world players confront wrenching tradeoffs. Can they act in time? Can Americans still come together to accomplish great things?
Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Senior Vice President Bill Hoagland will testify before the House Committee on Ways and Means during a hearing focused on the debt limit. Witnesses will address how past Congresses and Presidents have negotiated and raised the limit, and whether the Constitution provides options to the Executive Branch when the debt limit is reached. Read BPC's Debt Limit Analysis here.
The engagement of consumers using online and electronic tools, including mobile technology, is a central and necessary component of high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care, as well as rapidly emerging delivery system and payment reforms. BPC explored ways in which clinicians, hospitals, health plans, technology companies and mobile health organizations have innovated, enabling consumers to have timely access to their health information, improve communication and coordination with their clinicians and care teams, and engage in strategies to improve their health and health care. Participants discussed the policies and strategies that will accelerate and promote the widespread adoption of these innovations.
From Al Qaeda to white supremacists, the internet plays an increasingly important role in radicalizing homegrown and domestic terrorists. BPC's Homeland Security Project released its latest report, Countering Online Radicalization in America, which explains how online radicalization works and what needs to be done to counter it. Based on extensive research and dozens of interviews with experts and policymakers, it sets out a balanced and practical approach, which respects American values while protecting the homeland from terrorism. The co-chairs outlined their conclusions, and a panel discussion followed.
Although reauthorizations of both the surface transportation and aviation bills were enacted in this Congress, many questions remain for a re-elected Obama administration and the new congress to address. Certainly, the levels of federal funding for investment in transportation infrastructure will be affected by broader considerations of the nation’s fiscal circumstances, including persistent annual budget deficits and possible consideration of comprehensive tax reform.
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.