CSIS, Concord Coalition to Convene
BipartisanWASHINGTON, June 28, 2005-- David Walker, U.S.
Comptroller General, and Peter G. Peterson, former chairman of the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York (2000-04), chairman of the Blackstone
Group, and president of The Concord Coalition, will join a distinguished,
bipartisan group of policy and opinion leaders at a joint Center for
Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Concord Coalition conference
designed to get the increasingly polarized Social Security debate back on
track. The conference will begin at 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, June 30, at CSIS,
1800 K Street, NW, B-1 conference level.
Social Security Reform Conference
Political leaders from both parties--including former Sens. Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Don Nickles (R-OK) and former Reps. Tim Penny (D-MN) and Charles Stenholm (D-TX)--will participate in a series of panel discussions on the dimensions of the Social Security challenge and prospects for a bipartisan solution.
“Social Security promises more in benefits than it can afford to pay. It offers younger workers a deteriorating deal on their contributions. And--despite its large and rising cost--it leaves millions of elderly in poverty,” said Richard Jackson, director of the CSIS Global Aging Initiative.
Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, added: “Social Security reform is among the greatest challenges facing America in the 21st century. CSIS and Concord are concerned that the opportunity for meaningful reform may soon be lost unless the responsible center again finds its voice.”
CSIS is an independent, nonpartisan policy research organization. The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to generationally responsible fiscal policy.
Contact: Laura Wilkinson, CSIS
Tristan Cohen, Concord Coalition