Congress has appropriated more than $90 billion for long-term disaster recovery purposes through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program since 2001. However, the program has never been permanently authorized, relying instead on an endless series of supplemental appropriations and Federal Register notices and preventing the timely delivery of recovery aid.   …

BPC Action commends Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) for their leadership in introducing S. 2690, the Expanding Access to Credit for Small Businesses Act. The bill would build on successful features of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by allowing more non-depository financial institutions to participate in government-guaranteed…

Intense negotiations are underway on a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that would provide more than $1 trillion for America’s transportation, water, broadband, and energy systems. Investment at this level is warranted; as our Smarter, Cleaner, Faster Infrastructure Task Force has observed, the faster we build cleaner, smarter infrastructure, the better the outcomes for our climate, for jobs, and for economic growth.  …

BPC Action commends Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) for their leadership in introducing S. 2348, the Golden-preneurship Act, which aims to help senior-owned small businesses as the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the early stages of the pandemic, the United States lost hundreds of thousands of…

BPC Action applauds Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) for their leadership in reintroducing the Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act. This bipartisan legislation would permanently authorize Title 41 of the FAST Act, known as FAST-41, which brought important improvements to the federal permitting and environmental review process while upholding key environmental protections.   FAST-41 improved the federal review and…

BPC Action issued the following statement regarding the reintroduction of the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act:  “The United States is in the midst of a severe shortage of safe, affordable, and accessible homes. This has far-reaching consequences, affecting everything from the pace of economic…

BPC Action applauds Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Todd Young (R-IN) for working together to reintroduce the Eviction Crisis Act, legislation intended to improve data and analysis on evictions, reduce preventable evictions, and mitigate the devastating impacts of evictions on America’s families.  The Eviction Crisis Act would create a robust “Emergency Assistance Program” to assist eviction-vulnerable tenants. Importantly, states…

Political polarization in Congress has been exacerbated by existing structural issues such as the congressional schedule and how committees function. To shine a light on these challenges and discuss solutions, the House Modernization Committee held a hearing to explore how to improve collaboration and civility…

The following is a statement from Sasha Mackler, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project:  “Today’s introduction of the Clean Energy Future through Innovation Act of 2021 by Reps. McKinley (R-WV), Schrader (D-OR), Tenney (R-NY), and Costa (D-CA) marks the first and only bipartisan climate bill in Congress addressing power sector carbon emissions. As the second-largest source…

BPC Action commends Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN) for working together to reintroduce the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act. This bipartisan bill advances a key Bipartisan Policy Center recommendation— to expand economic opportunity and better support families through targeted mobility housing vouchers.   Since its inception more than 40 years ago, HUD’s housing voucher program has helped families afford decent, stable housing,…