November 1, 2014

Publications

28 Oct, 2014 - Special Publication

Former U.S. House members Tom Tauke (R-IA) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA), who are working with The Concord Coalition and Fix the Debt to raise awareness of the nation's fiscal challenges, wrote this recent op-ed for The Des Moines Register. The article can also be found here

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29 May, 2000 - Facing Facts
 The news about Medicare seems to get better and better. After slowing in 1998, spending actually declined in 1999 for the first time in the program's history. Meanwhile, the projected bankruptcy of Medicare's Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund has receded by nearly twenty-five years, from... Read More
18 Apr, 2000 - Facing Facts
There are two things everybody knows about Social Security-and they are directly contradictory. The first is that its benefits are written into law. This "guarantee" is why financial planners take Social Security benefits for granted, why private employers structure their pension plans around them... Read More
2 Apr, 2000 - Facing Facts
For the third year in a row, Social Security's projected bankruptcy date has receded-from 2029 in the Trustees' 1997 annual report to 2037 in the 2000 report released last week. Many are taking this to mean that the long-term outlook for Social Security has improved. Not so. Trust-fund solvency... Read More
29 Mar, 2000 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition urges lawmakers not to let today's report by the Social Security Trustees obscure the need for real reform of the program.  Despite three more years of trust fund solvency, Social Security's operating balance – the difference between its anticipated outlays and... Read More
28 Mar, 2000 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on an emergency supplemental appropriations package for fiscal year 2000 (HR 3908), The Concord Coalition urges lawmakers not to use the projected non-Social Security surplus for spending that does not constitute a true emergency... Read More
22 Mar, 2000 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the Concurrent Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 290), The Concord Coalition today announced that it favors the alternative plan offered by the Blue Dog Coalition over the Republican Budget Resolution and the four other alternatives... Read More
19 Mar, 2000 - Facing Facts
The House has voted unanimously to repeal the Social Security "earnings test," which withholds benefits from some working seniors. The measure is due to come up shortly in the Senate, where it enjoys overwhelming support; the President has promised to sign it. There are good reasons to get rid of... Read More
15 Mar, 2000 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- Robert Bixby, Executive Director of The Concord Coalition, testified before the House Rules Committee today at a hearing on “Biennial Budgeting:  A Tool for Improving Government Fiscal Management and Oversight.”  His testimony highlighted reasons why The Concord Coalition is in favor... Read More
7 Mar, 2000 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With the budget process now underway, attention will naturally be focused on the projected budget surpluses for fiscal years 2001 through 2010. What cannot be forgotten however, is that unlike past years, there is a small, yet very vulnerable, $23 billion non-Social Security surplus... Read More
2 Mar, 2000 - Facing Facts
Congressional negotiators are reportedly near agreement on an aviation spending bill. The good news is that the Senate has rejected a House plan to take the aviation trust fund off budget. The bad news is that the deal may include an on-budget "firewall" that has the same effect: to turn aviation... Read More