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EU Report: Still no problems with Cardin-Lugar

The European Union recently released its latest review of the EU version of the Cardin-Lugar legislation that requires oil, gas and mining companies to report their payments to governments. The bottom line: the reporting requirements, which have been in place now for five years, have imposed no competitive harm on the companies and pose no threat to European energy security.... Read More

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What the Bipartisan Index says about the future of the GOP

More than a month out from the U.S. Senate’s acquittal of former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, a vote in which seven Republican senators joined all fifty Democrats in finding Trump guilty of inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the path forward for the GOP seems unclear. Will they continue to be the party of Trump, the first president in nearly three decades to lose his reelection bid, or are they capable of charting a new path, away from the former president?... Read More

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Senators call for stronger Cardin-Lugar rule from SEC

Two influential Democratic Senators, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Ben Cardin of Maryland, are calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to strengthen the weak regulation it approved late last year implementing the Cardin-Lugar anticorruption amendment, which requires oil and gas companies to report publicly their payments to governments.... Read More

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The Biden Interim National Security Strategic Guidance: An Opening for Development Advocates

A core belief at The Lugar Center is that “when properly administered, development assistance remains a bargain for U.S. national security and for our own economic and moral standing in the world.”  Apparently, President Joe Biden and his team are in complete, even enthusiastic, agreement!... Read More

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Key Lessons for Effective Foreign Assistance from USAID’s COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health and health systems of countries around the world and taken a serious toll on economies and societies. The World Bank estimates that an additional 100 million people have been pushed into poverty due to the economic impact of the pandemic. 130 million people in three dozen countries including Syria and Yemen are on the brink of starvation, and according to the United Nations 200 million children globally – disproportionately girls – continue to remain out of school. (This number is above the already 258 million who were not in school before the pandemic.) The needs are massive. So how can the U.S. government be as effective as possible at this critical moment?... Read More

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A restart on New START

With just two days to spare, the United States and Russia agreed this week to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty, the last remaining arms control pact between the two nuclear superpowers.... Read More

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How good is the BPI at predicting highly partisan behavior in an extreme situation?

The Lugar Center’s annual Bipartisan Index (BPI) has proven to be a reliable measure of a lawmaker’s proclivity to act in a bipartisan manner in the day-to-day business of the House and the Senate. By focusing on bill sponsorships and co-sponsorships, the BPI is able to render a statistical judgment based on a broad swath of a member’s legislative activities. Its validity comes from its reliance on objective data and a single formula equally applied to all members.  ... Read More

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Will the SEC Play Santa for Big Oil?

Is the Securities and Exchange Commission preparing a big fat Christmas present for the oil industry?... Read More

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A Muddled Election Could Confront Republicans with the Ultimate Test of Bipartisanship

As the publishers of the Bipartisan Index, we are often called on by news outlets to comment on the bipartisanship of members of Congress.  Our Index incorporates data from the last 26 years to establish norms for how frequently members co-sponsor bills introduced by the other party and how often their own bills are co-sponsored by the other party.  A score above zero indicates that a member has scored higher than the historical average.  We judge these members to be “bipartisan” on our Index.  Those who score below the average (below 0.00) are judged to be partisan.... Read More

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New Bipartisan Index: House Dems top GOP, Senate Republicans maintain lead.

When Democrats did well in the 2018 mid-term elections and won control of the House for the 2019 session, they also vaulted over House Republicans in the latest Bipartisan Index (BPI) from The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown.  In the 115th Congress (2017-2018), with President Trump in the White House and the GOP in charge of the House, the Republicans had a BPI score that was slightly above the historical average (+.035), while the Democrats scored below the historical average (-.323). Last year, the first session of the 116th Congress with Trump still in the White House but Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California as speaker, Democrats edged out Republicans, -.014 to -.032.... Read More

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