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 In the United States, women earn less than men in nearly every single occupation regardless of one’s qualification. This gap can be explained by many measurable factors such as educational attainment, occupational segregation, and work…

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View the PDF version. Overview Medicare provides critical health care to about 60 million Americans today, including seniors and people with disabilities. Established in 1965 under the Social Security Act, it was set up to provide health insurance to individuals…

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View the PDF version. Overview Franchises make up a large part of the American economy. Parties involved in a franchising agreement include the franchisor, someone that establishes the brand’s trademark or trade name and a business system; and the franchisee,…

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View the PDF version Overview Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is a process that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from sources such as coal-fired power plants and either reuses or stores it so it will not enter the atmosphere….

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View the PDF version. Overview The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent data on prescription drug use in the United States estimates that nearly fifty percent of Americans use at least one prescription drug. From the very first…

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View the PDF version Overview Each year, one question drives the bulk of Congress’s work: how to spend taxpayer dollars. The failure of Congress and the administration to agree on this task is what led to a government shutdown in…

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View the PDF version. Overview During the first two years of President Donald Trump’s administration, there have been major changes to United States tariffs and the federal tax structure. In 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act…

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View the PDF version Overview As the House and Senate examine the accessibility of medicines, one concept continues to be largely absent from the conversation: gene therapy. Researchers and drug manufacturers are spending billions of dollars to develop highly-specialized therapies…

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View the PDF version Overview There are many complex laws that regulate campaign finance. Many of these regulations stem from the 2010 Supreme Court case: Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commissions (FEC). This case overturned key provisions of the Bipartisan…

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View the PDF Version. Overview Another important theme in the 116th Congress is the future of technology and the United States involvement in technological advancements. In order to help our readers navigate the U.S. technological landscape, we have created the…

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View the PDF version. Overview The rate of uninsured in the United States was 13.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, a decrease from pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) days when roughly 18 percent of adults did not have health…

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View the PDF Version Overview Every two years, at the beginning of each Congress, both the House of Representatives and Senate are responsible for adopting rules that govern the procedure and process of their respective bodies. These rules are complex…

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