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.
- While Congress sparred over the budget, BPC leaders promoted a new economic strategy for the nation by going through the federal budget line by line. The Economic Policy Project’s Debt Reduction Task Force—co-chaired by former Senator Pete Domenici and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office Dr. Alice Rivlin—was the only group outside the Simpson-Bowles Commission to do this.
- In May 2011, the Treasury Department announced that the U.S. would breach the debt ceiling. BPC immediately created the Debt Ceiling Analysis Initiative—led by BPC Visiting Scholar and former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance Jerome “Jay” Powell— which combed through Treasury statements and cash flows, correctly revealing the August expiration date and the urgency of raising the debt ceiling.
- To combat the risk of cyber-attack and to raise national awareness of the cyber threat, the Homeland Security Project launched a Cyber Security Task Force—co-chaired by former Director of the National Security Agency and the CIA General (ret.) Michael Hayden and Boston Properties CEO Mort Zuckerman.
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