Under the Dome

With divisiveness dominating headlines in a 24/7 news cycle, it’s hard to know what’s actually happening on the Hill. Each month, BPC Action’s leading lobbying team breaks down what’s really going on under the Capitol Dome—and members of Congress share how they’re working to build bridges and create change in a system plagued by gridlock.

Episode 8: BPC Action’s Under the Dome on the Higher Education Crisis featuring Reps. Ann Kuster (D-NH) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
What challenges face higher education institutions as schools start back in the wake of COVID-19? And how can a more flexible immigration policy can help combat the economic challenges presented by the pandemic? BPC’s Kenny Megan and Theresa Brown join us to discuss. Also: Reps. Ann Kuster (D-NH) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) share how they are working on a bipartisan basis to address critical issues ranging from education to health care. 

Episode 7: BPC Action’s Under the Dome on the Next Coronavirus Relief Package and Artificial Intelligence featuring Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Robin Kelly (D-IL)
Find out what’s happening on the Hill with the next coronavirus relief legislative package—and what the outlook is for workers, their families, and the economy. Also, Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Robin Kelly (D-IL) discuss how they’ve teamed up on an emerging issue: artificial intelligence.

Episode 6: BPC Action’s Under the Dome on Members Coming Together Across the Aisle Despite Physical Distancing ft. Reps. Comer (R-KY) and Cunningham (D-SC)
John Richter, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Governance Project, joins us to discuss the BPC’s American Congressional Exchange (ACE) program and how members of Congress are coming together across party lines despite physical distancing. We also sit down with Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC) on their ACE trip to Kentucky to find out how they are forging common ground on their exchange.

Episode 5: The Importance of Inspectors General featuring Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and French Hill (R-AR) and former Bush OMB Official Robert Shea
Following the largest stimulus package in American history, effective and independent oversight is needed now more than ever. Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and French Hill (R-AR) share their insights on the oversight process, and former Republican OMB official Robert Shea discusses the role inspectors general play in government.

Episode 4: Congress’s Next Steps Tackling Coronavirus featuring Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)
As Congress tackles the next COVID-19 response package, former senior Hill staffers Sarah Egge and Bill Hoagland discuss what they expect to see and where political hangups might be. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Honorary Congressional Task Force on Rural Health, shares how he’s working with colleagues across the aisle to tackle coronavirus response legislation and the challenges facing America’s rural health care system.

Episode 3: Congress and Coronavirus featuring Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
As uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic grows, Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL), Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee, shares how Congress is preparing for impact. Director of BPC’s Elections Project Matt Weil joins to discuss how COVID-19 might affect the 2020 elections and BPC’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Michele Nellenbach shares insights of being a Hill staffer during crises.

Episode 2: It’s Budget Time featuring Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)

It’s budget time! In this month’s episode, BPC Senior Vice President Bill Hoagland and Senior Advisor Franz Wuerfmannsdobler – former long-time Senate budget and appropriations staffers – give a rundown on the process. Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat from California, shares his energy innovation priorities and how he forged an unlikely partnership across the aisle.

Episode 1: What to Expect from Congress in 2020 featuring Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)

In our first episode, BPC Action Executive Director Michele Stockwell shares what to expect from Congress in 2020. Later, freshman Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) joins us to discuss what it’s like being part of the groundbreaking class of females elected to the 116th Congress, her legislative priorities for the second session, and how she works with fellow veterans in the House to forge bipartisanship on key issues.