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.


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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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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Click here for the PDF version Overview The Export-Import Bank (“Ex-Im”) was formed over 80 years ago. For most of its history, it has enjoyed broad bi-partisan support from both the executive and legislative branches. From Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview In December of last year, President Obama announced that the United States would embark on an effort to re-establish diplomatic ties with the communist island of Cuba. Just 90 miles off the coast…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multi-national trade agreement that is currently being negotiated among major economies in Asia and North and South America, all with the goal of facilitating even more economic…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview Since Bitcoin’s creation in 2009, advocates of the digital currency have hailed it as new global currency that could rival the dollar and have argued the Bitcoin network could someday rival traditional payment…

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