October 24, 2014

Candor, Bipartisan Cooperation Needed

  • The national debt has grown significantly in recent years due to rising annual deficits. A deficit occurs in any year the government spends more...

While there are plenty of distractions these days in Washington, elected officials should try to remember that much remains to be done to meet the nation’s fiscal challenges.

“Members of Congress in both parties need to stop playing make-believe with voters and negotiate a responsible federal budget,” writes Paul Hansen, western states regional director for The Concord Coalition, in a recent op-ed column.

He says the budget plan recently released by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles provides a useful bipartisan model, proposing more than $2 trillion in additional deficit reduction over the next decade – and cutting interest costs by another $350 billion.

Hansen also urges Congress to return to “regular order” in its deliberations on the budget for the coming year and beyond.