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The Senate DRIVE Act Fails to Address Metropolitan Congestion

The transportation challenges facing the United States cannot be solved solely through the expansion of mega-highways.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Moving Past the Failed Trickle-Down Experiment

Trickle-down economics have failed to deliver higher overall income growth; the middle class needs active policy solutions that produce inclusive prosperity.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Viewing Student Debt Through the Lens of College Completion

Across all states, the average amount of debt per graduate is lower than the average debt per borrower.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Enduring Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Two years after the Senate passage of S. 744, the lives of millions of new Americans remain on hold while they wait for Congress to pass durable and permanent immigration legislation.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Moral Case for Mitigating Climate Change

The pope’s message sets scientific fact in a moral framework and calls for “decisive action, here and now.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reaching an Acceptable Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Despite the threat that Iran will continue to pose, a deal that meets specific criteria offers the most effective pathway to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A New Start for Pennsylvanians with Minor Criminal Records

A clean slate policy would help Pennsylvanians gain employment and provide for themselves and their families, as well as grow the commonwealth’s economy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Modernizing the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Process

The upcoming rulemaking that addresses the federal oil and gas leasing process is a critical opportunity to reevaluate how public lands are leased and ensure that the public receives a fair and equitable share.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Protecting Global LGBT Rights with the U.S. Asylum System

Authors Sharita Gruberg and Rachel West assert that while progress has been made in the United States and other countries, the United States must take steps to make sure that LGBT asylum seekers are not denied lifesaving protections.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Explaining the Continued Decline in Projected Medicare Spending

There are several reasons for the falling Medicare projections, including lower estimates for health care cost growth, lower-than-expected costs for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, and the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Strengthening Social Security Disability Insurance

Rebalancing the OASI and Disability Insurance trust funds would ensure that Social Security is able to pay all promised retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for the next nearly two decades.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Investing in Congressional Competence

Funding cuts and staff reductions over the past two decades thus not only hurt Congress’ ability to run smoothly but have also resulted in Congress’ increasing reliance on outside groups.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Clean Power Plan and a Carbon Tax Would Be Mutually Reinforcing

Policymakers should not think of a carbon tax and the Clean Power Plan as an either-or proposition.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Expanding the Successful Child and Adult Care Food Program

Because CACFP plays an outsized function by leveraging resources, Congress should make a concerted effort to make the program even stronger.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Addressing Predatory Lending Practices Through Policy and Faith

Both moral obligation and sound economic policy necessitate an end to predatory lending practices.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015