Center Forward brings together members of Congress, not-for-profits, academic experts, trade associations, corporations and unions to find common ground. Our mission:  to give centrist allies the information they need to craft common sense solutions and provide those allies the support they need to turn those ideas into results.

The mainstream values and principles that will move us forward come from where they always have – the center.  The center is where we leave our political labels and baggage at the door, to find commonsense solutions to America’s great challenges.

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View the PDF version Overview In recent years, Washington has focused increasingly on avoiding impending deadlines that require more immediate legislative action. The federal government reaching the statutory debt limit—often called “the debt ceiling”—has become one of these simultaneously dramatic…

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View the PDF version Overview The chief function of the United States government is to keep the American people safe. To that end, America’s vast national security apparatus utilizes a number of tools and strategies for investigations, intelligence collection, communication…

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