Bipartisan Policy Center

Bipartisan Policy Center BPC is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.

As the only Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, the Bipartisan Policy Center works to address the key challenges facing the nation. 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 ends of the political spectrum. We are currently focused on health, energy, national and homeland security, the economy, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance. BPC is committed to seeing our policy solutions enacted by lawmakers. Through the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network, our (c)(4) affiliate, we engage in advocacy and strategic outreach and education to bolster the legislative center and support efforts that bring Republicans and Democrats together on the difficult issues facing the country. While a healthy, civil debate among those with differing viewpoints is an essential component of our democracy, the current partisan tone in government is impeding progress. Through the Democracy Project and events like political summits and timely policy discussions, BPC is fostering an ongoing conversation about how to overcome political divides and help make our government work better.

Mission: Working to find actionable solutions to the nation's key challenges.

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The 116th session of the United States Congress, convened in January 2019, faced some of the most difficult challenges i...
01/22/2021
How the 116th Congress Supported Child Care | Bipartisan Policy Center

The 116th session of the United States Congress, convened in January 2019, faced some of the most difficult challenges in recent memory. Linda Smith, Kathlyn McHenry, and Frannie Einterz look back at the 116th Congress's work on child care: https://bpcdc.org/2LU2lOT

Blog Early Childhood Education How the 116th Congress Supported Child Care By  Linda Smith , Kathlyn McHenry , Frannie Einterz Jan 21, 2021 The 116th session of the United States Congress, convened in January 2019, faced some of the most difficult challenges in recent memory. Despite these challeng...

01/22/2021
"The way that the Trump administration put all these things together is that they are overlapping and integrated. Title ...
01/22/2021
Will Biden stop the public health order that has turned away migrants nearly 400,000 times?

"The way that the Trump administration put all these things together is that they are overlapping and integrated. Title 42 is probably the most extreme." - Theresa Cardinal Brown. Read the full Dallas Morning News piece here: https://bpcdc.org/3itn6gr

The biggest challenge for incoming President Biden is the lethal coronavirus pandemic. Many pandemic-related policies tangle with the harsh immigration...

The international climate science and policy community has long recognized the importance of natural and working lands i...
01/22/2021
Natural Carbon Solutions in U.S. Farms and Forests: Building a Policy Agenda for Congressional Action | Bipartisan Policy Center

The international climate science and policy community has long recognized the importance of natural and working lands in addressing climate change. Learn more about what we propose for a near-term climate agenda: https://bpcdc.org/30d1r4H

Energy Natural Carbon Solutions in U.S. Farms and Forests: Building a Policy Agenda for Congressional Action By  Lesley Jantarasami Jul 30, 2020 Report Downloads Read the Full Report Download The international climate science and policy community has long recognized the importance of natural and wo...

Policymakers focused on recovery should continue to build upon recently adopted policies like paid sick and family leave...
01/22/2021
Work-Life Balance for Women, Especially for Women of Color, is Key to Restarting Economy | Bipartisan Policy Center

Policymakers focused on recovery should continue to build upon recently adopted policies like paid sick and family leave to help women get back in the workforce and balance the demands of work and family: https://bpcdc.org/37ohu1a

Blog Paid Family Leave Economy Work-Life Balance for Women, Especially for Women of Color, is Key to Restarting Economy By  Jacqueline Rodríguez , Maggie Cordish Jun 11, 2020 The most recent jobs report might indicate the country is emerging from the coronavirus-induced economic crisis, but policy...

Today’s college students increasingly include part-time and adult learners, as well as working students and student pare...
01/22/2021
Emergency Grant Aid Can Improve Student Outcomes | Bipartisan Policy Center

Today’s college students increasingly include part-time and adult learners, as well as working students and student parents. Nora Cahill and Mariette Aborn explain why it's important for Congress to make permanent the emergency aid to low-income students: https://bpcdc.org/3oFsI8W

Blog Higher Education Education Emergency Grant Aid Can Improve Student Outcomes By  Nora Cahill , Mariette Aborn Dec 09, 2020 Today’s college students increasingly include part-time and adult learners, as well as working students and student parents. For these students, unexpected events and cos...

TOMORROW: We will be releasing results from a new survey we conducted with Morning Consult to better understand what typ...
01/21/2021
Parent Child Care Preferences: Are They Changing? | Bipartisan Policy Center

TOMORROW: We will be releasing results from a new survey we conducted with Morning Consult to better understand what types of child care arrangements parents prefer and the tradeoffs they make when choosing care for their children. RSVP here: https://bpcdc.org/3izC1FF

On January 22, please join BPC for the release and discussion of findings from a new parent survey. This discussion will explore what we learned about how parent child care preferences have changed during the pandemic, the rates at which parents are able to use their preferred child care arrangement...

In March 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law, which included $3.5B in emergency funding through CCDBG to help states...
01/21/2021
Child Care in the December 2020 COVID-19 Relief Package | Bipartisan Policy Center

In March 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law, which included $3.5B in emergency funding through CCDBG to help states provide child care assistance. Linda Smith and Kathlyn McHenry lay out the what's in the December relief package for child care: https://bpcdc.org/3iDDTgU

Blog Early Childhood Education Child Care in the December 2020 COVID-19 Relief Package By  Linda Smith , Kathlyn McHenry Jan 20, 2021 In December 2020, Congress approved its second largest COVID-19 relief package to address the ongoing economic and societal impacts of the pandemic. The legislation ...

The incoming Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, will face many challenges with the poor state of repair of muc...
01/21/2021
Ten Questions for the Next Secretary of Transportation | Bipartisan Policy Center

The incoming Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, will face many challenges with the poor state of repair of much of America’s infrastructure. We provide ten key questions to Mayor Buttigieg to understand how he plans to tackle these challenges: https://bpcdc.org/3qvu9rI

Blog Infrastructure Ten Questions for the Next Secretary of Transportation Jan 20, 2021 The incoming Secretary of Transportation will face numerous challenges. The poor state of repair of much of America’s infrastructure has been well-documented. As climate patterns shift and the impacts of extrem...

Stable child care is essential to support the country’s economic rebound. However, the pandemic has accelerated the syst...
01/21/2021
Payment Practices to Stabilize Child Care | Bipartisan Policy Center

Stable child care is essential to support the country’s economic rebound. However, the pandemic has accelerated the system’s fragility. Our new issue brief explains how states can use grants and contracts to bring stability back to child care: https://bpcdc.org/2KtJ0U6

Explainer Education Early Childhood Payment Practices to Stabilize Child Care Jan 14, 2021 The Brief The Bipartisan Policy Center would like to thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their generous support of our partnership with the Center for American Progress, Child Care Aware of America, F...

01/20/2021

“We welcome the Biden administration’s introduction of broad immigration legislation and the issuance of several executive orders, including continued protections for Dreamers." - Theresa Cardinal Brown. Read her full statement here: https://bpcdc.org/2LHUAfa

Policymakers should continue to prioritize measures that protect households and businesses from COVID-19, but must also ...
01/20/2021
Financing Infrastructure During the COVID-19 Crisis | Bipartisan Policy Center

Policymakers should continue to prioritize measures that protect households and businesses from COVID-19, but must also respond to critical infrastructure financing needs: https://bpcdc.org/32j3mpM

Blog Infrastructure Financing Infrastructure During the COVID-19 Crisis By  Robin Xiao , Andy Winkler Jul 13, 2020 The Brief Volatility in the municipal bond market at the outset of the COVID-19 crisis has since subsided, but many state and local governments face headwinds that could disrupt and de...

With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the BPC convened a series of discussions last fall to generate ideas for...
01/20/2021
Moving Americans Ahead: Bold Ideas for Shared Economic Recovery and Security | Bipartisan Policy Center

With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the BPC convened a series of discussions last fall to generate ideas for addressing the massive challenges facing the country. Read our blog recapping the key ideas that were shared: https://bpcdc.org/2XDOnTN

Blog Economy Early Childhood Education Higher Education Moving Americans Ahead: Bold Ideas for Shared Economic Recovery and Security Jan 15, 2021 The Brief We are grateful to all the individuals who took the time to prepare and participate in this series. Thank you to The Rockefeller Foundation for....

With policymakers enacting necessary measures to combat the crisis, federal budget deficits are escalating to levels not...
01/20/2021
Deficit Tracker | Bipartisan Policy Center

With policymakers enacting necessary measures to combat the crisis, federal budget deficits are escalating to levels not seen since World War II. View our Deficit Tracker for the latest deficit numbers from the Congressional Budget Office: https://bpcdc.org/2KE4I3M

Even as the U.S. economy expands, the federal government continues to run large and growing budget deficits that will soon exceed $1 trillion per…

"One of the things that made it easier to cope was we, at some point, came back and started doing the work, supporting e...
01/20/2021
Resilience in the Face of Crisis: BPC Staff Reflect on Challenging Moments in Congress Following the January 6 Attack on the Capitol | Bipartisan Policy Center

"One of the things that made it easier to cope was we, at some point, came back and started doing the work, supporting each other, and making sure we could talk things through." - BPC Fellow Jason Fichtner. Read Michael Thorning and Rachel Orey's new blog as they ask BPC staff to reflect back on their experiences during some of America's most challenging crises: https://bpcdc.org/2LKFc1i

Blog Governance Resilience in the Face of Crisis: BPC Staff Reflect on Challenging Moments in Congress Following the January 6 Attack on the Capitol By  Michael Thorning , Rachel Orey Jan 19, 2021 The January 6, 2020 assault on the Capitol was one of the gravest in the institution’s history. Not ...

President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as president today and will inherit a country that is facing challenges on al...
01/20/2021
Inauguration Day 2021: Preparing for 2021 and Beyond | Bipartisan Policy Center

President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as president today and will inherit a country that is facing challenges on all fronts. Our Inauguration Day toolkit showcases our work to help guide the new administration and Congress overcome political differences and move America forward: https://bpcdc.org/39LJAFx

Inauguration Day 2021: Preparing for 2021 and Beyond Joe Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20 and immediately challenged by a continuing pandemic; economic instability that has left millions of Americans facing joblessness, homelessness, and even hunger; simmering racial tensions; and t...

The international climate science and policy community has long recognized the importance of natural and working lands i...
01/19/2021
Natural Carbon Solutions in U.S. Farms and Forests: Building a Policy Agenda for Congressional Action | Bipartisan Policy Center

The international climate science and policy community has long recognized the importance of natural and working lands in addressing climate change. Read our recent report on what we propose for a near-term climate agenda: https://bpcdc.org/30d1r4H

Energy Natural Carbon Solutions in U.S. Farms and Forests: Building a Policy Agenda for Congressional Action By  Lesley Jantarasami Jul 30, 2020 Report Downloads Read the Full Report Download The international climate science and policy community has long recognized the importance of natural and wo...

The pandemic has revealed the centrality of technology to the economy, business, and society at large. As part of AI's i...
01/19/2021
New Administration’s Tech Policy Should Consider AI Ethics | Bipartisan Policy Center

The pandemic has revealed the centrality of technology to the economy, business, and society at large. As part of AI's implementation, the Biden administration should consider three key ethical questions, which BPC's Alex Trollip lays out: https://bpcdc.org/3aiPTSO

Blog Technology New Administration’s Tech Policy Should Consider AI Ethics By  Alex Trollip Dec 18, 2020 The pandemic has revealed the centrality of technology to the economy, business, and society at large. The incoming Biden administration will have to confront growing pressure on both sides of...

Strong leadership and bipartisanship from Congress and the Biden administration, starting on day one, are critical to bu...
01/19/2021

Strong leadership and bipartisanship from Congress and the Biden administration, starting on day one, are critical to build an immigration system that works for U.S. families, grows our economy, and strengthens communities across our nation while welcoming immigrants who seek to contribute as critical partners in our society.

Learn more at: bpcdc.org/immigration

The pandemic has reemphasized the fact that child care is an essential support for working parents, crucial to children’...
01/19/2021
A Glimpse into the Child Care Industry: BPC Interviews Providers Across the United States | Bipartisan Policy Center

The pandemic has reemphasized the fact that child care is an essential support for working parents, crucial to children’s successful development, and the backbone of economic development. Watch our interviews with child care providers to learn more: https://bpcdc.org/394bRZ8

Blog Early Childhood Education A Glimpse into the Child Care Industry: BPC Interviews Providers Across the United States By  Sarah Tracey , Linda Smith , Maya Jasinska Nov 20, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has reemphasized the fact that child care is an essential support for working parents, crucial t...

“In our normal course of work, the BPC focuses on pragmatic opportunities, where people of strong ideological difference...
01/19/2021
Moving Americans Ahead: Bold Ideas for Shared Economic Recovery and Security | Bipartisan Policy Center

“In our normal course of work, the BPC focuses on pragmatic opportunities, where people of strong ideological differences can be brought together around shared agendas that will lead to durable policy change." - BPC President Jason Grumet: https://bpcdc.org/2XDOnTN

Blog Economy Early Childhood Education Higher Education Moving Americans Ahead: Bold Ideas for Shared Economic Recovery and Security Jan 15, 2021 The Brief We are grateful to all the individuals who took the time to prepare and participate in this series. Thank you to The Rockefeller Foundation for....

The Biden administration will have to confront growing pressure to implement new tech policies in an increasingly digita...
01/19/2021
New Administration’s Tech Policy Should Consider AI Ethics | Bipartisan Policy Center

The Biden administration will have to confront growing pressure to implement new tech policies in an increasingly digital, interconnected world. BPC's Alex Trollip explores the ethical component of AI implementation: https://bpcdc.org/3aiPTSO

Blog Technology New Administration’s Tech Policy Should Consider AI Ethics By  Alex Trollip Dec 18, 2020 The pandemic has revealed the centrality of technology to the economy, business, and society at large. The incoming Biden administration will have to confront growing pressure on both sides of...

Our nation’s roads and bridges are crumbling, our cities and towns are stifled by gridlock, and our water, energy, and c...
01/19/2021

Our nation’s roads and bridges are crumbling, our cities and towns are stifled by gridlock, and our water, energy, and communications infrastructure are outdated. Join us in calling on Congress to pass an infrastructure deal #BuildByThe4th: https://www.uschamber.com/lets-rebuild-america

The reasons for supporting a federal paid leave program during a health crisis have grown stronger given the rise in cas...
01/18/2021
The Need for Continued Bipartisan Momentum on Paid Leave | Bipartisan Policy Center

The reasons for supporting a federal paid leave program during a health crisis have grown stronger given the rise in cases, unequal labor market fallout, and new research on the role of paid leave. Read Adrienne Schweer and Abby McCloskey's piece for more: https://bpcdc.org/2VWgXyB

Blog Paid Family Leave Economy The Need for Continued Bipartisan Momentum on Paid Leave By  Adrienne Schweer , Abby McCloskey Dec 07, 2020 We applaud the Senate’s bipartisan framework for a COVID-19 relief package. It represents a needed return to the collaborative congressional response that mar...

ICYMI: Jason Grumet sat down with Sens. Tom Daschle and Trent Lott to discuss how the previous 50-50 Senate governed thr...
01/18/2021
Navigating a 50-50 Senate: A Conversation with Former Senate Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott | Bipartisan Policy Center

ICYMI: Jason Grumet sat down with Sens. Tom Daschle and Trent Lott to discuss how the previous 50-50 Senate governed through challenging times. Watch the full event here: https://bpcdc.org/39eLG06

For just the third time in U.S. history, it is anticipated that the U.S. Senate will be evenly divided. With a global pandemic and its economic fallout still looming, and the necessity to quickly stand up the new Biden administration, a functional Senate is an imperative. While the vice president br...

During FY2019, there was more than half a million individuals booked into detention facilities. To reduce the population...
01/18/2021
Reimagining Immigrant Detention: Alternative Policy Tools and Lessons from Abroad | Bipartisan Policy Center

During FY2019, there was more than half a million individuals booked into detention facilities. To reduce the population of those detained, Kathleen Fink and Theresa Cardinal Brown propose alternative to detention programs (ATDs) from abroad: https://bpcdc.org/3nD9jEW

Blog Immigration Reimagining Immigrant Detention: Alternative Policy Tools and Lessons from Abroad By  Kathleen Fink , Theresa Cardinal Brown Jan 12, 2021 Immigration detention has become a central facet of immigration enforcement over the last several decades, acting as a primary form of deterrenc...

Increasing child care subsidy payment rates supports child care programs and staff, increases the quality of child care,...
01/18/2021
Increased Payment Rates to Support Child Care | Bipartisan Policy Center

Increasing child care subsidy payment rates supports child care programs and staff, increases the quality of child care, helps affordability, and bridges the parent burden gap. Read our new issue brief to learn more: https://bpcdc.org/2XD9eGI

Explainer Early Childhood Education Increased Payment Rates to Support Child Care Jan 14, 2021 The Brief The Bipartisan Policy Center would like to thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their generous support of our partnership with the Center for American Progress, Child Care Aware of Americ...

"If longevity increases, if we don’t increase the retirement age, then by default we are giving enhanced benefits or gre...
01/18/2021
The Social Security retirement age could change. What that could mean for benefits

"If longevity increases, if we don’t increase the retirement age, then by default we are giving enhanced benefits or greater benefits than what’s intended." - BPC Fellow Jason Fichtner. Read Lorie Konish's full CNBC piece on raising the Social Security retirement age: https://bpcdc.org/2KonT5K

Social Security rules may alter the age at which people are eligible for full benefits. A new congressional report examines how that would work.

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I wonder if an anonymous voting system in Congress would reduce gridlock and otherwise make congressional action more efficient. I think it would permit our representatives to vote their conscience on occasions when their conscience differs from the party line. Is this a bad idea, and if so, why?
You clowns are NOT bipartisan......You are staunch Democrat/Communist.
I experienced the bipartisan aspect on a local level campaign. In our current world, it is called a one party system. Now that it is official, the hypocracy will reign even more supreme. Our last 4+ years were made miserable between the party/parties and media. You ask for peace now? How dare the parties. We learned well about all the techniques of Alinsky, Marx and Engel, and Cloward and Piven, to name a few, during Trump's tenure. It didn't start with him. Now our country and the world will reap what was sewn. Our election system has been broken for years and will forever be with computerized or scanned tallies. Cheating seems to go with power and I did my turn at watching and judging. I morn my country and the ideals that will never be again. We don't vote for leaders, we are distracted with drama from the front people for the money printers.
See for yourself --Georgia data/Evidence analysis HERE:
Just how stupid do you think WE THE PEOPLE are? ANYTHING, even the VOTING SYSTEM can be compromised. You CONSTANTLY LIE! GOD WILL JUDGE YOU FOR YOUR LYING FILTHY WAYS! I’M TOTALLY sick and tired of your LYING CRAP YOU KEEP PUTTING UNDER those videos! YOU ARE PATHETIC!
Another Lying institution. Your fact checks are lies. Stop receiving funds from left leaning donors such as Carnegie Corporation, Democracy Fund, and the McKnight Foundation.
I love how you fools went from, "There's no evidence of election fraud," to, "Election fraud is extremely rare." Well, guess what, oh spin-doctors, apologists, and "fact-checkers. . . " In this case, it was EXTREMELY COMMON. Now, just go away. . . conservatives are tired of seeing your stupid disclaimers.
Jason Grumet is another bulge on a too fat government! Slim em down people!
Jason Grument siphoning on Tax payers!!! Appointed by his buddy Barack Obama! Another reason Americans are suffering!
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Stop the lies