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 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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View the PDF version Overview Long before the New Deal introduced Americans to Social Security in the 1930s and before the Great Society era ushered in Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s, employers offered pension plans and health care to…

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View the PDF Version Overview Medicare Advantage (MA) has become a key health care program for seniors across the country. Available to 99 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, many seniors find this program better meets their health and wellness needs than…

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View the PDF version The Longest Government ShutdownAs a result of the government shutdown that began on December 21, over 800,000 federal employees across the nation are not working and not receiving a paycheck. The shutdown began because Members of…

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View the PDF version OverviewAs the 116th Congress ramps up with Democratic control of the House, health care will certainly be at the top of the legislative agenda. In order to help our readers navigate the U.S. health care landscape,…

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View the PDF version As Democrats take back the gavel in the House of Representatives, several incoming committee chairs have said they will use their leadership power to issue subpoenas. During the 115th Congress, Republican-led committees with oversight authority over…

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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 United States. With nearly 150 billion pieces of mail…

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View the PDF Version Overview Despite the debate over reproductive health in Washington, DC, 99.3 percent of American women have used at least one method of contraception to practice safe sex, according to the 2015 National Survey of Family Growth….

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View the PDF version Overview The nuclear power industry has been around for more than five decades, but in recent years has faced increased competition from newer energy alternatives such as wind and solar power, as well as other market…

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View the PDF version Overview This year Bill Gates made headlines when he warned that if a highly contagious and lethal airborne pathogen like the 1918 influenza were to break out today, nearly 33 million people worldwide would die in…

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View the PDF version Overview With this year’s flu season being the worst in more than a decade and the increasing threat that biological weapons pose to the United States, Congress has begun its regular reauthorization of the Pandemic and…

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View the PDF version Overview In the second piece of our four-part Harm Reduction series, we explore alternatives to cigarettes, including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), tobacco use is the leading preventable…

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