Bob Bixby, the Concord Coalition executive director who worked for years with Rudman, plans to be at the memorial service and hopes it will serve as a springboard for solving the fiscal cliff. The question, he said, is whether lawmakers attending the service will go beyond the solemn rhetoric of the hour and implement what Rudman believed.
“It couldn’t be any better that they would go from the Rudman memorial into a budget negotiation,” Bixby said. “Just go into the next room and start thinking about what everybody said about Warren Rudman. Clearly if he stood for anything it was for members of Congress to make hard choices on the budget and to do so in a bipartisan way, which is exactly what we need to do now.”