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.


View the PDF version. Overview The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act more often referred to as Dodd-Frank, is major legislation that was signed by President Barack Obama in July 2010. Designed in the aftermath of the “Great…

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View the PDF version. Overview The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, more often referred to as Dodd-Frank, was signed by President Barack Obama in July 2010. Dodd-Frank was passed in the aftermath of the “Great Recession” of…

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View the PDF version. Overview In an age where technology is a staple of business and commerce, personal livelihood, entertainment, and global interconnectivity, encryption is a crucial component to the protection of users’ safety and privacy. Many consumers, often without…

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View the PDF version. Overview Oil prices are currently at roughly half of what they were at the beginning of 2020 due to a dramatic decrease in demand for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. As states’ stay-at-home orders are ending…

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View the PDF version. Overview Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are the combining of companies or assets through various types of financial transactions. They are important because they allow for businesses to grow or downsize in order to increase their competitive…

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View the PDF version. Overview As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in the United States, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed essential economic relief bills. Recently, many Members of Congress have proposed different measures…

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View the PDF version. Overview The acceleration of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has revealed longtime health challenges among people of color in the United States. Ongoing disparities in social, economic, and environmental conditions continue to impact the health outcomes of…

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View the PDF version Overview Shortly after the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) became widespread in the United States and around the world, many of America’s large and small businesses stepped up to respond to the crisis, providing relief to their communities…

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View the PDF version. Overview Older than the United States itself, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been around for nearly 250 years providing mail and package delivery for the country. With nearly 143 billion pieces of mail delivered…

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View the PDF version. Overview As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in the United States, the child care industry is suffering. There have been widespread layoffs and closures in the industry as a result of the drop in…

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View the PDF version. Overview As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in the United States, many businesses are implementing new work from home policies, giving additional paid leave, and offering financial assistance to their employees. Businesses understand that…

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View the PDF version. Overview Over the past decade, gas prices have fluctuated and have been an added burden for Americans anxious over the family budget. Many factors affect what you pay at the pump, which can make gas prices…

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