October 27, 2016


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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27 Jan, 2003 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With today's new estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing a continued decline in the federal government's long-term fiscal outlook, The Concord Coalition warned that Congress and the Bush Administration must not become complacent with the prospect of budget... Read More
19 Dec, 2002 - Facing Facts
Few things capture the feverish economic optimism of pre-911 America better than CBO's January and May 2001 budget forecasts. Bottom line: The ten-year budget balance was supposed to cumulate into a mountainous surplus of $5.6 trillion--enough to finance large benefit expansions and large tax cuts... Read More
2 Oct, 2002 - Press Release
WASHINGTON --  Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee's hearing on the final report of the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert Bixby, blasted the Social Security Do Nothing Plan. “Changing demographics make the current... Read More
11 Sep, 2002 - Press Release
WASHINGTON --  The Concord Coalition today released “Key Questions Voters Should Ask Candidates About the Budget, Social Security and Medicare,” (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) a brochure proposing six questions that citizens and members of the media should ask candidates for federal office.... Read More
26 Aug, 2002 - Press Release
WASHINGTON --  With new estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing annual budget deficits through 2005 and the projected 2002-2011 surplus virtually wiped out, The Concord Coalition warned today that fiscal policy is at a crossroads. The government's rapidly deteriorating... Read More
21 Aug, 2002 - Facing Facts
 For a while, it looked as if Congress might commit the folly of enacting a vast expansion in Medicare just nine years before the first Boomers become eligible. With the failure of the Senate to reach agreement on a prescription drug plan, it has stepped back from the fiscal brink.The Concord... Read More
11 Aug, 2002 - Press Release
WASHINGTON --  In an op-ed published today in The Washington Post, The Concord Coalition's Co-Chairs, former Senators Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and Warren B. Rudman (R-NH), warned against defaulting to the “do nothing” approach to Social Security reform. Kerrey and Rudman urged critics of the few... Read More
29 Jul, 2002 - Press Release
WASHINGTON --  The Concord Coalition warned today that with the budget plunging back into deficit, Congress should not rush to enact a Medicare prescription drug benefit in the absence of comprehensive programmatic reform. Doing so would greatly increase the already unsustainable long-term... Read More
24 Jun, 2002 - Press Release
WASHINGTON --  The Concord Coalition today urged the House of Representatives to join the Senate in approving an increase in the statutory debt limit. According to Treasury officials, the current $5.95 trillion debt limit will be reached by the end of the week. Without additional borrowing... Read More
19 Jun, 2002 - Press Release
WASHINGTON --  The Concord Coalition said today that the Conrad-Feingold-Domenici bipartisan budget enforcement amendment provides a strong and needed dose of fiscal discipline. It sets new discretionary spending caps for two years at tough but achievable levels, extends the pay-as-you-go (... Read More