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 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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View the PDF version Overview The current administration has set an ambitious legislative agenda for its first year in office including immigration and healthcare reform, an overhaul of the tax code, and passing an infrastructure bill. With the fate of…

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View the PDF version Overview As communities across America continue to rebuild following the Great Recession, local leaders in both the public and private sectors have turned to all available avenues to reboot their economies, attract job creators, and spark…

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Click to download in PDF Form Overview Each year, Congress must decide how to spend taxpayer dollars pursuant to Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution. This responsibility has manifested itself in the form of statutory requirements,…

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View the PDF version Overview Each year, one question drives the bulk of Congress’ work: how to spend taxpayer dollars. This process enables the Administration and Congress to set forth policy priorities in a practical and specific way. However, the…

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The House and Senate often use annual budget bills to communicate their broad visions for the size and role of the federal government. Even so, the rules governing the budget process can remove some of the procedural obstacles that stand…

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The transfer of power from one Presidential Administration to the next is one of the most important processes in our American democracy. According to the Partnership for Public Services’ Center for Presidential Transition, “presidential transitions are big, complicated and dangerous.” …

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Click here for the PDF version The topic of how much energy we all use has become a political hotbed, especially as it relates to climate change. There have been numerous attempts at both the federal and state level –…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The safety and strength of our nation’s cyber‐infrastructure is a concern for most Americans, whether it’s about their own personal data being taken without their permission or rogue nations hacking into our government’s…

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In a surprising result for many, the citizens of the UK voted to “exit” the EU- commonly referred to as “Brexit.”

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Click here for the PDF version. Overview Over the last several decades we have seen an astronomical increase in new medical discoveries that are improving people’s health and helping them live longer. Many experts predict that these advances will continue…

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The state of our nation’s infrastructure is a topic everyone can relate to. Whether it is the unexpected closing of the Washington, D.C. Metro earlier this year in response to safety concerns, or a recent report that the iconic Memorial…

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