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 here for the PDF version Overview The Export-Import Bank (“Ex-Im”) was formed over 80 years ago. For most of its history, it has enjoyed broad bi-partisan support from both the executive and legislative branches. From Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview In December of last year, President Obama announced that the United States would embark on an effort to re-establish diplomatic ties with the communist island of Cuba. Just 90 miles off the coast…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multi-national trade agreement that is currently being negotiated among major economies in Asia and North and South America, all with the goal of facilitating even more economic…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview Since Bitcoin’s creation in 2009, advocates of the digital currency have hailed it as new global currency that could rival the dollar and have argued the Bitcoin network could someday rival traditional payment…

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Click here for the PDF version. Overview In 1981, Congress enacted the research and development (R&D) tax credit (also known as the “research and experimentation tax credit”) to encourage private sector investment in R&D that would lead to technological innovation….

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The United States is currently negotiating two of the largest multi-national trade agreements in its history – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with major economies in Asia and the Americas, and the Trans-Atlantic Trade…

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Click here for the PDF version. Overview In 2003, Congress passed legislation to create a prescription drug benefit for seniors in Medicare – Medicare “Part D.” At the time, the new law was the first major change to Medicare in…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview As the number of Americans relying on Medicare for health insurance grows every year, reforming the program’s payment structure has become all the more important.  Like most insurance plans, Medicare relies mostly on…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview American energy independence has long been a goal of both political parties, and the energy industry is investing in several new ways to achieve that goal. In the last twenty years, improvements in…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law more than three years ago, and yet the health care reform law’s signature pieces are only now beginning to go into effect. Beginning on…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview Despite an often rancorous debate on broader immigration reform, Congressional leaders in both parties have united around improving the ability of United States employers to hire and continue employing highly-skilled immigrant workers. Large…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The U.S. federal government consists of over 450 different agencies — in total, employing 4.4 million people and spending over $6 trillion per year. While the Constitution authorizes the President to lead the…

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