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BPC’s Common Cents podcast series focuses on timely fiscal and economic policy issues. 

Episode 8: The Implications of An Expiring Continuing Resolution

April 2017

What is the possibility that Congress will use a stopgap measure known as a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of the year? Heather Krause, director of the Government Accountability Office, and BPC’s Steve Bell, discuss the implications of government funding expiring on April 28. They also review the implications for the effectiveness and efficiency of federal agencies.

Episode 7: The Future of America’s Infrastructure 

April 2017

Timothy Shaw, Michele Nellenbach, Steve Bell, Andy Winkler, and Sarah Kline discuss BPC’s new Coalition to Modernize Infrastructure and opportunities for bipartisan work on the issue.

Episode 6: Higher Education Part 2

March 2017

Shai AkabasKenneth Megan, and Timothy Shaw discuss barriers to affordably completing a college education and explore some policy options to reforming the higher education system.

Episode 5: Higher Education

March 2017

Shai Akabas and Kenneth Megan discuss barriers to affordably completing a college education and explore some policy options to reforming the higher education system.

Episode 4: Tax Reform

February 2017
Bill Hoagland and Steve Bell take a look at issues related to tax reform.


Episode 3: Evidence-Based Budgeting 

February 2017
Sandy Davis discusses how evidence-based budgeting can help in policy decision-making and why it has become a hot topic on Capitol Hill.


Episode 2: The Debt Limit

January 2017
Shai Akabas and Sandy Davis offer clear reasons for why policymakers and the public need to pay attention to the debt limit and budget deficits.


Episode 1: Insights on Budget Reconciliation

January 2017
BPC Senior Vice President Bill Hoagland offers insights about a complex congressional budget process that is already underway as the new Congress considers important priorities like health care and tax reform. 

Hoagland explains what the term reconciliation means and how the process is used to expedite certain legislation that changes taxes, spending, or the federal debt limit.