The composition of the next Congress along with the shift in control of the House of Representatives is likely to have far reaching policy implications. The policy community has now turned its attention to the question of how the Obama Administration and leaders on Capitol Hill will move forward to address the nation’s most pressing challenges. What are some of the likely areas of difference and/or agreement? And how will the political and policy shifts in Washington affect African Americans and other communities of color?
At this event, the Joint Center will release the only comprehensive analysis of the black vote in the 2010 midterm elections. The report findings will be followed by panel discussions to explore critical policy questions, with particular attention to some of the likely major legislative challenges facing the 112th Congress.
Panel I – The Political Landscape for the 112th Congress
Panel II – The Policy Shifts and the New Game Plan for Communities of Color
Each panel will be asked to forecast, compare and contrast the likely approaches of Congress and the Obama Administration in several areas, including: Jobs and the Economy, Education, Energy, Climate and Transportation, Health and Health Care Reform, Immigration, Redistricting, Access to Broadband and Technology, Judiciary Political Participation, and more.
Each panelist will offer brief opening remarks on one or more of the topics above, which will be followed by questions from the panel moderator and audience.
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