WASHINGTON--President Clinton announced during last night's State of the Union address that he has asked the Concord Coalition and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to co-host a series of bipartisan conferences with the White House on the future of Social Security. President Clinton and Vice President Gore are expected to participate in the conferences, which will take place this year throughout the country.
"The principal objective of this process is to raise a fair, balanced debate about the challenges we face in preparing the Social Security system for the retirement of the largest generation in American history," said Concord Executive Director Martha Phillips. "We welcome the opportunity to co-host these conferences, and hope they will bring together Americans from diverse generations, economic situations, geographic locations and political affiliations to discuss this important issue."
The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late Sen. Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), and former Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson. Former Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) joined Sen. Rudman as Co-Chairman in April of 1997. The Concord Coalition is a non-profit, public education organization. Nearly 200,000 citizens nationwide have joined Concord's movement for a strong economic future for all generations.