Resources for the 117th Congress

With narrow margins in the House and the Senate, there is one real mandate for the 117th Congress: for Democrats and Republicans to work together to resolve some of our nation’s problems. And it should do so by finding feasible, not comprehensive, solutions to kitchen-table issues to which all Americans can relate. There are several areas—including infrastructure, higher education, and paid family leave—that have garnered bipartisan interest and are ready for action.

 

To get up-to-speed, below is a list of resources on issue areas ready for action in the 117th Congress. BPC Action stands ready to help Congress achieve bipartisan successes.

Fiscal Issues

The 117th Congress will face complex budget issues on top of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Catch up fast on these issues with the resources below, and stay apprised of the latest analysis of debt/budget issues here.

 

The Debt Limit

 

Quick Hits (5-minute reads)

 

Deeper Dives (10+ minute reads)

 

Video Explainers (5-minute watch)

 

 

The Federal Budget

 

Quick Hits (5-minute reads)

 

Deeper Dives (10+ minute reads)

 

 

Economic Recovery

 

Quick Hits (5-minute reads)

 

Deeper Dives (10+ minute reads)

Paid Family Leave

Health

Education

Immigration

Infrastructure

This Congress, there is a real opportunity to jump-start our economy, repair aging systems, and advance the modern technologies needed to confront climate change with a comprehensive, bipartisan infrastructure package. BPC has joined the Chamber of Commerce and over 100 other organizations to urge Congress to enact an infrastructure by July 4. Follow BPC’s housing and infrastructure work here.

 

Housing

 

 

Infrastructure

Energy

Energy innovation saw the most movement in over a decade with the passage of December’s end-of-year Energy Act in the final omnibus. Let’s continue this momentum! To track all of BPC’s energy policy work, visit this page.

Energy Innovation

  • Recommendations from BPC’s American Innovation Energy Council for developing the energy technologies for economic growth, job creation, and decarbonization.
  • In 2020, ARPA-E continued to support early-stage energy innovation while navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to creating a new SCALEUP program designed to fund pilot and scaling projects of successful ARPA-E technologies. Here’s what’s next for this critical program.

Clean Energy

  •  The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its 2021 Annual Energy Outlook— which provides modeled projections of domestic energy markets through 2050, including cases with different assumptions about macroeconomic growth, world oil prices, and technological progress.
  • BPC, Third Way and Clean Air Task Force launched the Decarb America Research Initiative to examine  technology and policy pathways to aid economic recovery and reach net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050.
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Direct Air Capture (DAC) Advisory Council’s report on utilizing DAC to lower carbon emissions and combat climate change. See their previous report on the environmental case for DAC.

Farm & Forest

  • BPC’s new Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Task Force—co-chaired by former Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Saxby Chambliss—will shape policy recommendations that enhance the role of American agriculture and forestry as valuable natural climate solutions and provide new revenue streams to farmers, ranchers, and foresters.