Top Advisor for Obama's 2008 Campaign, Energy and Environment
Jason Grumet is founder and president of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Throughout his career, Grumet has worked at the intersection of policy and politics. In 2007, with the leadership of former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, he founded BPC to develop and promote bipartisan solutions to the country’s most difficult public policy challenges. From 2001-2011 Grumet directed the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) which is now a former BPC project. His book City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy focuses on the paralysis in Washington, how to fix it, and how to move forward. It will be available in September 2014.
Energy and Environment: a Practical Roadmap for America
Solving the energy crisis—which enfolds environmental, security, and economic issues—may be this administration's biggest challenge. In this hopeful, clear-eyed and pragmatic talk, Jason Grumet shows us how America can adopt an energy and environment policy that will be acceptable to Congress and to a large percentage of Americans, and which makes sense for all stakeholders, including industry, politicians, citizens and the environment. It's a tough task. But it's one that Grumet, with his extensive expertise on energy issues and his insider's knowledge of Washington, can do without parallel.
American Healthcare: A Bipartisan Path to True Reform
Recent health care debates have been constructive, but disappointingly partisan. Good ideas abound, but are dismissed outright simply for having originated on the wrong side of the political spectrum. It's "politics as usual," with American citizens caught in the crossfire. How can we pass a robust health care plan when our leaders refuse to engage their peers on the other side? In this talk, Jason Grumet draws on his tireless work with top-ranking Republicans and Democrats to focus on solutions that will work, regardless of where they came from. The best ideas, he shows us, are beholden to no single political ideology—and they are too important to ignore. The stakes are simply too high. A leading bipartisan voice, Grumet breaks down political boundaries and lays out an invigorating, comprehensive and actionable blue print for health care reform.
City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy
As with the start of the space race fifty-five years ago, America is once again falling behind and fast. What’s worse, the hurdles we face today, the rise of China and India, the impact of digital technology, the expanding global economy, coincide with plummeting faith in Washington’s capacity to govern. On issues of national importance the two parties in Congress have become incapable of working together, with the latest Congress receiving the lowest approval rating in history.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s president, Jason Grumet, tackles this issue head- by mostly focusing on the paralysis in Washington, how to fix it, and how to move forward. Washington used to be a town defined by community; now it’s more like a convention hotel. We’ve suffocated what is the key element of good policymaking: personal relationships. Also, since Watergate, Washington has resolved to make everything transparent. The problem is that too much light is scaring Congressmen away from operating the way they need to: it’s no secret that the backrooms are where things get done and where politicians can compromise without reprisal. Grumet boldly presents a new way forward in first book, a must-read for all who care about our government’s—and our country's—future.
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