One America. United. Imagine the Possibilities.
Citizens for Political Reform are informed, opinionated Americans committed to understanding and fixing the partisan divide.
From the Americans with Disabilities Act to Campaign Finance Reform to No Child Left Behind and more, many significant legislative achievements have been successful due to cross-party collaboration. Rather than lamenting cooperation as a relic of days gone by, the Bipartisan Champions series will highlight current lawmakers who are working across the aisle and getting things done.
November Bipartisan Champions
Regrettably, it’s difficult to highlight bipartisanship in a month where political polarization brought us to a government shutdown and the brink of defaulting on our fiscal obligations as a nation.
50 State Solutions
There is much Washington decision-makers can learn from their state and local counterparts. The 50 State Solutions series offers examples of bipartisan leadership in the states with the hope that some of it will rub off on our D.C. representatives, and provide examples for Washington to follow. Please suggest examples in your own community of state and local officials from both parties working together to get things done for you. Use the hashtag #50StateSolutions on Twitter.
Creating Bipartisan Budgets in New Hampshire and New Jersey
“Like all budgets, this plan required compromise and difficult decisions. But the overwhelming, bipartisan support for the priorities in this budget — job creation, public safety, education, caring for our most vulnerable citizens, and preserving our natural resources — demonstrates that our shared values as Granite Staters are far more significant than our differences,” Governor Maggie Hassan said.
Common Ground Project
The Common Ground Project provides you with real-time insights into key issues before Congress, what’s holding back passage of legislation, and where there might be common ground.
The Issue: The House-Senate Budget Conference
Given the dysfunctional nature of Congress, even this minimal agreement might be looked on as progress, but the longer term challenges to the country’s fiscal future will remain for another Congress or even another President to address.
We Can Fix It
As Citizens for Political Reform, it’s up to all of us to make our collective voice heard to influence our leaders in Washington and across the country to make our government work. Every week, BPC will ask Citizens for Political Reform questions to solicit ways to improve government. Responses to these questions will be used to help inform the Commission on Political Reform and policy makers about public opinion.
In our Snaps of Service photo contest, we asked people to send us a photo of their public service. We were thrilled to receive submissions from all over the country, not to mention a number of international entries. Members of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform honored the winners at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center on July 22, 2013. View the winning entries l View more finalists
Thank you for your interest in joining the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Citizens for Political Reform.
By working with us, you will have the chance to help shape a reform agenda and support leaders who show the courage and the independence to work across the aisle and get things done.
Citizenship has its privileges and responsibilities. This country was built on Americans standing up and doing the right thing. Our broken political system can be fixed if we demand bipartisanship and collaboration.
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"Do not underestimate your voice!" Olympia Snowe on @theviewtv— Lonnell Williams (@3LWTV) May 16, 2013