Basics

Most of the issues facing our country are multi-faceted and extraordinarily complex. Insert politics into the equation, and the complexity increases exponentially. In order to understand these policy issues and the various perspectives around them, members of Congress, the public, industry and nonprofits must first have a basic knowledge that is rooted in fact. With our Basics series, Center Forward presents complicated issues in a non-partisan and easy-to-understand manner that provides decision makers with alternative viewpoints.


Click to download in PDF Form Overview Each year, Congress must decide how to spend taxpayer dollars pursuant to Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution. This responsibility has manifested itself in the form of statutory requirements,…

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View the PDF version Overview The Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare,” is one of the number one legislative priorities this Congress. Other health care issues, like the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, are also up for discussion…

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View the PDF version Overview Dodd-Frank, officially called the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 111-203), is major legislation signed by President Obama in July 2010, designed in the aftermath of the “Great Recession” of 2007-2009….

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View the PDF version Overview Each year, one question drives the bulk of Congress’ work: how to spend taxpayer dollars. This process enables the Administration and Congress to set forth policy priorities in a practical and specific way. However, the…

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The House and Senate often use annual budget bills to communicate their broad visions for the size and role of the federal government. Even so, the rules governing the budget process can remove some of the procedural obstacles that stand…

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The transfer of power from one Presidential Administration to the next is one of the most important processes in our American democracy. According to the Partnership for Public Services’ Center for Presidential Transition, “presidential transitions are big, complicated and dangerous.” …

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The topic of how much energy we all use has become a political hotbed, especially as it relates to climate change. There have been numerous attempts at both the federal and state level – some successful – to promote new…

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Overview Every four years people start talking about something that few actually understand: the Electoral College. While there is a lot of confusion about this “college,” it is central to our system of electing the President and Vice President of…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The safety and strength of our nation’s cyber‐infrastructure is a concern for most Americans, whether it’s about their own personal data being taken without their permission or rogue nations hacking into our government’s…

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In a surprising result for many, the citizens of the UK voted to “exit” the EU- commonly referred to as “Brexit.”

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Click here for the PDF version Overview Over the last several decades we have seen an astronomical increase in new medical discoveries that are improving people’s health and helping them live longer. Many experts predict that these advances will continue…

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The state of our nation’s infrastructure is a topic everyone can relate to. Whether it is the unexpected closing of the Washington, D.C. Metro earlier this year in response to safety concerns, or a recent report that the iconic Memorial…

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