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The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.

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Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Bipartisan Policy Center defines diversity as the range of human qualities that make us unique as individuals, including—but not limited to—age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, geographic location, nationality, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

To celebrate diversity and ensure equity and inclusivity, BPC is committed to:

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce with insights and solutions for our increasingly divided society;

Creating a workplace culture where all employees feel valued and their perspectives are heard; and

Developing policy solutions and undertaking research that reflect a diversity of thought and experience.

These commitments will help us to fulfill our mission and foster bipartisanship more effectively.

Our Policy Areas

BPC focuses on policy solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth and opportunities, and create better health outcomes for all Americans.

Our Approach to Policy Making

BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions.

  • Reconciling Competing Interests

    BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions.

  • Engaged Balance

    BPC seeks out individuals and organizations that are deeply vested in the outcome of its policy projects. We ask that our project participants check absolutely nothing at the door and bring all their passion, political perspectives, and interests to the table. BPC believes that the fundamental strength of American democracy is unity forged amid diversity, and we endeavor to represent this pluralism in all of our policy negotiations.

  • Diverse Funding

    BPC funding reflects the character and diversity of the organization. The majority of BPC funding comes from charitable philanthropies. The remainder of BPC’s support comes from individual donors and corporate donors (a list of BPC donors can be found in our latest annual report). BPC believes that all of its donors as well as its project members have interests. A strength of BPC’s consensus-based negotiation process is that no single interest can unduly influence consensus outcomes.

  • Public Perception

    In today’s polarized environment, some on the right will inevitably take issue with BPC’s philanthropic funders while some on the left will question BPC’s corporate support. We welcome substantive questions and critique of BPC analysis and proposals and encourage all reviewers to assess the diversity, expertise, and character of our project participants.

The Bipartisan Policy Center's History

More Than Ten Years of Fighting in the Arena for Bipartisan Policy

  • The National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) is Founded

    While BPC was formally launched in March 2007, the organization’s roots trace back to 2002, when the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), predecessor to BPC’s current Energy Project, was founded.

  • Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System

    On June 17, 2009, BPC’s Leaders Project on the State of American Health Care” released a report, Crossing Our Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System. The report, which came at the height of the health care reform debate in the United States, laid out plans to help states establish insurance exchanges and lower costs. Former Senate Majority Leaders and BPC Co-Founders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, and Bob Dole crafted the report.

  • Restoring America's Future

    On November 17, 2010, BPC’s “Debt Reduction Task Force” released its report, Restoring America’s Future, in an effort to influence the debate over the national debt. The Task Force, led by former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici and former White House Budget Director and Federal Reserve Vice Chair Alice Rivlin, was a bipartisan group of former White House and Cabinet officials, Senate and House members, governors and mayors, and business and labor leaders. Their report was released two weeks prior to that of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

  • The Housing Commission Launches

    On October 26, 2011, BPC launched the Housing Commission, a bipartisan effort led by Kit Bond, Henry Cisneros, Mel Martinez, and George J. Mitchell. The Commission released its final recommendations to reform the nation’s housing policy in 2013, which included views on the most effective role of the federal government in helping to shape the nation’s future housing landscape.

  • A Century of Service

    On March 21, 2012, BPC hosted “A Century of Service” at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The event was a tribute to BPC founders and former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker and Bob Dole. Speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senators Pat Roberts and Lamar Alexander. Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a BPC founder, and former Leaders Trent Lott and Bill Frist, both BPC Senior Fellows, also made remarks. To highlight the accomplishments and contributions of the honorees, BPC unveiled two short films that offer a glimpse into the respective careers of Baker and Dole.

  • The Commission on Political Reform Launches

    In 2013, BPC launched the Commission on Political Reform to investigate the causes and consequences of America’s partisan political divide. Senators Tom Daschle, Trent Lott and Olympia Snowe along with Secretary Dan Glickman and Governor Dirk Kempthorne announced a set recommendations in June 2014. Over the course of 18 months, the commission, a group of thirty Americans from all political stripes, engaged concerned citizens across the country through townhall events and national surveys to develop the reforms.

  • The Congressional Patriot Award is Created

    In 2015, BPC announced the creation of the Congressional Patriot Award, a biennial recognition given to two current or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives—one Democrat and one Republican—who have performed patriotic deeds worthy of remembrance. The first awards were given to Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) in a ceremony at the Library of Congress on March 15, 2016.

  • BPC Celebrates Ten Years

    In March 2017, BPC celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. During the event, former Vice President Joe Biden was honored with the organization’s Patriot Award.

  • The American Congressional Exchange Begins

    In January, 2018, BPC started the American Congressional Exchange program. In the program, Members of Congress agree to visit, for one weekend, a Member of the opposite party in that Member’s district. That member, in turn, reciprocates the following year or when schedules permit.

It is a pleasure to be here at the Bipartisan Policy Center among many old friends, like Leon Panetta, and a few old Leon Panetta.
Senator John McCain
Candor generates trust. Trust is the basis on which real change, constructive change, is made.
President Joe Biden
Success depends on developing relationships, keeping your word.
Senator Bob Dole
Bipartisanship isn't an option anymore, it is a requirement.
Senator Tom Daschle
Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship.
Senator Olympia Snowe
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