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.


By: Cori Kramer, CEO of Center Forward Opportunities for bipartisan legislating feel few and far between. But they are not lost. This was evidenced last month when Washington state saw legislators on both sides of the aisle, local union members,…

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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 allow for businesses to grow or downsize in order to adjust their competitive position or improve the…

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View the PDF version. Overview On May 18, 2022, President Joe Biden announced he was invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) in response to the nationwide infant formula shortage. The DPA will speed the production of infant formula and authorize…

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View the PDF version. Overview National security experts and elected officials have warned that the United States needs to increase its recruitment and retention of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent, including foreign-born STEM professionals, to meet growing security…

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View the PDF version. Overview Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted small businesses across the nation in countless ways. It exacerbated pre-existing obstacles while also creating new challenges including lockdowns, supply chain disruptions, and inflation. The…

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View the PDF version. Overview The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) User Fee Acts (UFAs) and their reauthorizations have been crucial in ensuring that Americans have faster access to life-saving medications.  First passed by Congress in 1992, these user fees…

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View the PDF version. Overview The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is under increased scrutiny for breaking from bipartisan precedent by reducing public opportunities to comment on its proposals for major new regulations. Before a new rule can go into…

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View the PDF version. Overview Provisions in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) to encourage businesses to invest in the United States through a tax deduction on income generated by intangible assets held…

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View the PDF version. Overview While the private sector is utilizing quantum computing technology, many are pushing for the United States government to focus on the development and deployment of quantum applications and utilize the technology for various public initiatives….

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View the PDF version. Overview When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in 2017, it included new limitations on the tax deduction for interest expense for businesses. The legislation capped the deduction at 30 percent of adjusted taxable…

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View the PDF version. Overview Millions of students take out federal and private student loans every year to attend college and graduate school. 56% of bachelor’s degree recipients from public and private non-profit four-year colleges and universities graduated with at…

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View the PDF version. Overview It has been more than a decade since Congress last passed an increase in the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. The most recent change was made in 2007. This basic will…

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