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Moderate Democrats are the key to Biden’s success

It’s been less than a week since President Biden took office, but Washington’s tribal gladiators already are arming for mortal combat. Fortunately, pragmatic Democratic lawmakers are working to help Biden avert a relapse into political paralysis. Senate Republicans are bewailing Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to end the pandemic and help jobless workers and small businesses tread water…

Americans need COVID-19 vaccinations now — here’s how Biden can ramp up the process

The advisers of President-elect Joe Biden have been developing plans to speed up COVID-19 vaccine distribution. One idea the transition team has announced is to release available doses immediately rather than holding back half to ensure second doses are available. While this could potentially delay some people from getting a second dose, the risk is worth it. Americans have…

How Concerned Should We Be About Deficits?

When President-elect Biden begins rolling out his ambitious recovery agenda on Thursday, economists and policymakers will debate to what extent it should be constrained by the $21.6 trillion national debt he inherits from Donald Trump. Self-proclaimed “fiscal conservatives” want the federal government to pursue deep spending cuts after running an unprecedented $3.1 trillion budget deficit in 2020, which has left the government…

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PPI’s Osborne, Pankovits on Creating New Innovation Schools Guide at a Moment of Crisis

As our public education system continues to experience unprecedented challenges related to the pandemic, the Progressive Policy Institute’s David Osborne and Tressa Pankovits thought now would be a good time to offer a how-to guide on creating innovation schools. In this 74 Interview, Osborne acknowledges that many districts are barely managing to operate — never mind…

C-SPAN: Tony Blair on Progressive Politics and Transatlantic Relations at PPI

"Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sat down for a discussion at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, with the president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute, Will Marshall. They discussed several topics, including the rise of populism in the U.K. and the U.S., Brexit, the impact of the coronavirus, the future of…

Bledsoe for The Hill: “Biden must first unite the party to defeat Trump”

While Super Tuesday’s dramatic results have boosted former Vice President Joe Biden more than anyone predicted, it’s still not enough, not yet. Nothing less than Biden going into the convention in Milwaukee with a sizable majority will convince most supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to rally around “Uncle Joe” as the nominee. Fortunately, Biden’s current 70-delegate lead is…

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Biden, Congressional Democrats Have Rare Chance to Highlight, Fix America’s Broken Higher Education Financing Model

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new brief released today from the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) commends President Biden’s bold vision to ease student debt burdens. The brief calls on the Administration to help borrowers in more meaningful ways by fixing America's broken financing model for higher education, and investing in non-college pathways to good jobs. Key highlights from the brief: …

How Natural Gas Can Play A Long-term Role in Meeting Growing Demand and Decarbonization Goals

Gas Currently Supports Solar and Wind Expansion But Must Reduce Emissions Further in Coming Decades to Meet U.S. Climate Goals Contact: media@ppionline.org WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Progressive Policy Institute released its latest “Memo to the President-elect” report on the urgent need for U.S. policymakers to both regulate and increase technologies incentives to reduce emissions from…

A Coalition of Education and Advocacy Organizations Released the Following Statement Regarding Recommendations for the Secretary of Education in the Biden Administration

During this time of immense change and uncertainty for our nation, the newly elected Biden Administration faces many important decisions. Given the significant disruption to education in America this year due to the pandemic, and the likely long-term consequences, the appointment of the Secretary of Education is one of the most consequential cabinet posts. Many…