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A Preview of the 2018 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports

Economy / Research May 23, 2018

This issue brief describes topics covered by the annual reports from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds and previews what we should note in 2018.

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Solutions to the Opioid Crisis: Testimony by Anand Parekh, M.D.

Health / Research May 17, 2018

In 2016 alone, 2.1 million Americans had an opioid use disorder and 42,249 Americans died from overdosing on opioids, 116 every day.

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U.S. Policy Toward Iran: Strategic Options

National Security / Research May 14, 2018

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Managing Disorder in the Middle East offers three strategic policy options for the United States to address Iran’s destabilizing regional behavior.

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Testimony by Don R. Wolfensberger to the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

Donald R. Wolfensberger / Research May 9, 2018

BPC Fellow Donald R. Wolfensberger testified before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.

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Testimony by G. William Hoagland: Biennial Budgeting

G. William Hoagland / Research May 9, 2018

BPC Senior Vice President G. William Hoagland testified before the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriation Process Reform regarding the long-debated, but never agreed to, biennial budget and appropriation reform proposal.

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Deficit Tracker

Economy / Research May 7, 2018

BPC’s economic policy team analyzes the government’s running budget deficit on a monthly basis, using data from the Congressional Budget Office’s Monthly Budget Review.

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Improving The Voter Experience

Governance / Research April 27, 2018

Long lines at the polls can undermine the voting experience, even to the point of discouraging people from voting. Reducing polling place wait times by measuring lines and managing polling place resources can improve the voting experience.

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States of Change: Demographic Shifts and the Future of the Trump Coalition

Governance / Research April 14, 2018

In the 2016 election, an unorthodox candidate put together an unexpected coalition of states to win the Electoral College while losing the popular vote. As the nation’s demographics change, questions remain about whether this coalition can hold together for Republicans in 2020 and beyond.

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Evidence Use in Congress

Evidence / Research April 11, 2018

In Evidence Use in Congress, a two-volume report, BPC considers the challenges faced by the legislative branch in using evidence, and offers potential solutions for more readily using evidence to inform key decisions.

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Evidence Use in Congress: Options for Charting a New Direction

Nick Hart, Sandy Davis, Tim Shaw, G. William Hoagland / Research April 11, 2018

Through a two-volume report, Evidence Use in Congress, BPC describes the challenges and offers options for improving the use of evidence in the legislative branch. Volume 2 presents 19 options that aim to align the use of evidence in Congress with its institutions, practices, and norms.

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