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20 Oct, 2016 - Special Publication

A lack of in-depth discussion on the national debt and federal budget deficit casts doubt on the next administration’s willingness to tackle such policy issues, according to an Oct. 20 story in CQ (subscription based).

The story, by Ryan McCrimmon, notes that presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered vague answers at the final presidential debate when asked about the debt, and nonpartisan organizations are cited as describing those answers as either unrealistic...

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31 Oct, 2014 - Special Publication
Former U.S. Senator and Concord Coalition Co-Chair Bob Kerrey and former U.S. Senator Jack Danforth wrote a recent op-ed for The Washington Post discussing the continued need for entitlement and tax reform 20 years after a presidential commission they co-chaired found that "current trends are not... Read More
6 Oct, 2014 - Special Publication
As in past economic recoveries, the short-term federal budget picture has been improving. But deficits are projected to begin rising again in a few short years, Congress flounders over what were once considered routine decisions, and the nation remains on a long-term fiscal path that is simply... Read More
30 Oct, 2013 - Issue Brief
Given the acrimonious political environment and the wide discrepancy between the House and Senate budgets, the conference committee now scheduled to report by Dec.13 begins its work with low expectations. However, if the committee approaches its task with flexibility and a commitment to achieving... Read More
17 May, 2013 - Special Publication
This guest column in the Billings Gazette was written by Paul Hansen, western states regional director for The Concord Coalition. It is time for both Republicans and Democrats in Washington to make a deal to fix the nation’s debt. The new budget plan recently released by Alan Simpson and Erskine... Read More
20 Feb, 2013 - Issue Brief
I. Introduction The annual Budget and Economic Outlook released on Feb. 5 by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) contained some good news. The deficit is coming down. The debt is relatively stable over the coming 10 years. Revenues are going up and federal health care costs were again... Read More
26 Oct, 2012 - Special Publication
Pete Domenici, a Republican, was a U.S. senator from New Mexico from 1973 to 2009. Sam Nunn, a Democrat, was a U.S. senator from Georgia from 1973 to 1997. They and former senators Warren Rudman and Evan Bayh co-chair an initiative called Strengthening of America—Our Children’s Future, which seeks... Read More
1 Mar, 2012 - Special Publication
Testimony of Diane Lim Rogers, Chief Economist, The Concord Coalition Before the Senate Budget Committee, March 1, 2012 Chairman Conrad, Senator Sessions, and Members of the Committee, thank you for giving me this opportunity to testify before you today on the topic of tax reform and the many good... Read More
1 Mar, 2012 - Press Release
Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist for The Concord Coalition, told lawmakers today that reducing special provisions in the tax code that favor some taxpayers could simultaneously reduce the deficit, encourage economic growth and promote fairness. Appearing before the Senate Budget Committee,... Read More
17 Feb, 2012 - Issue Brief
While elected officials are celebrating an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and the “doc fix” on Medicare reimbursements through the end of this year, there would be much more to celebrate if the deal had included a more comprehensive financing plan. Instead,... Read More
14 Sep, 2011 - Special Publication
Testimony of Diane Lim Rogers, Chief Economist, The Concord Coalition  Before the House Budget Committee, September 14, 2011 Chairman Ryan, Mr. Van Hollen, and Members of the Committee:  Thank you for giving me this opportunity to testify before you today on the issue of “pro-growth tax... Read More