Common ground: It is the critical nexus where clashing political voices unite—for a time—to create legislative solutions to the nation’s problems. These days, in the echo chambers of partisan blogs, talk radio, and cable news, it sometimes seems as though polarization itself is championed over doing the hard work of talking out the issues and compromising—that is, governing.
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) strives to be the antidote to polarization as well as to those who think politics is a sport with winners and losers—rather than a diverse body of leaders who need to work together for the good of the country. In fact, BPC is one of the only think tanks in Washington that actively supports a bipartisan vision while endeavoring to address the key challenges facing the nation: health care, energy, homeland security, foreign policy, infrastructure, housing, nutrition, the state of our democratic institutions, and, of course, the economy. BPC achieves this in several ways:
- Working with top former elected officials, business leaders, academic experts, policy analysts, and advocacy groups, BPC creates policy solutions that are driven by rigorous study as well as perspectives from across the political spectrum.
- Provides a space for—and actively encourages—Republicans and Democrats to participate in substantive dialogue through task forces, political summits, policy discussions, off-the-record meetings and policy education efforts that enable problem solving.
- Once the most critical issues of the day are analyzed, negotiated, and discussed, BPC captures the consensus, shapes it into legislative language, and proactively attempts to move the ball forward in Congress through its (c)(4) affiliate, the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network.
Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell, BPC combines civil discourse, politically balanced policy making, and strong, proactive advocacy to create change. BPC is committed to fostering civil debate among leaders with opposing views, to bringing Republicans and Democrats together on issues, to seeing our policy solutions enacted, and to pursuing strategies that overcome political division and improve the efficacy of the nation.
BPC is the critical nexus where clashing political voices unite.