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.
BPC's June 2012 report Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens Our Economic Future provides evidence that the obesity crisis has significant consequences for our well-being, the economy, and national security.
Despite broad agreement on the need for reform of our nation’s housing finance system, after nearly five years Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remain in conservatorship with no clear path forward. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission hosted a discussion of why the status quo is unsustainable and bipartisan legislative action is needed to restore a sound and sustainable system of housing finance.
Hurricane Sandy devastated vast areas of the Mid-Atlantic and New England last October, causing several governors to declare states of emergency and necessitating aid and assistance from every level of government and the private sector. In the aftermath of the storm, thousands of homes were damaged and millions across the US were left without power. This "On Leadership" discussion highlighted the consequences of Hurricane Sandy and provided an analysis of the lessons learned following the destruction and perspectives of how best to handle these natural disasters in the future to guarantee the safety and livelihood of the American public.
BPC hosted Governors Jeb Bush and Haley Barbour for a conversation on immigration reform. Drawing from their own experiences as governors, each provided a unique perspective on immigration and how reform legislation might affect the states, the nation and the Republican Party. Copies of Gov. Bush’s recently released book, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, were available for purchase and signing directly following the panel discussion. The event was part of BPC’s Immigration Task Force, which is led by Governor Barbour, former Governor Ed Rendell and former Secretaries Condoleezza Rice and Henry Cisneros.