October 8, 2015


8 Oct, 2015 - Issue Brief

It’s Time To Reform the Statutory Debt Limit

I. Introduction

Congress voted last February to again suspend the federal debt limit. On March 15, 2015, it went back into effect and was set at the level necessary to include all debt racked up prior to that date. While in the past there has been a debate over whether to attach conditions to a debt ceiling increase, the most recent suspension of the debt ceiling included no such provisions.

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23 Sep, 2015 - Special Publication
Writing in The Hill's Congress Blog, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby says the debates should press presidential candidates on how they will pay for their spending and tax plans. The op-ed can also be found here. All of the Republican presidential candidates say they favor a... Read More
18 Sep, 2015 - Issue Brief
As we head towards the end of Fiscal Year 2015, Congress has yet to pass any appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2016. The possibility of a government shutdown looms over the fall and can be traced back to the inability of Congress to produce a bipartisan package of deficit reduction in 2011 and... Read More
8 Sep, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for the Keene Sentinel, former U.S. Ambassador George Bruno and First Budget cabinet member Fred Kocher say the country's poor long-term fiscal outlook makes it imperative presidential candidates discuss how they plan to put the federal budget on a more sustainable path. The op-ed can... Read More
2 Sep, 2015 - Issue Brief
Introduction The Highway Trust Fund provides the financing structure for federal investment in transportation projects. It consists of two accounts: the highway account, which supports projects for the interstate system and other roads, and the transit account, which supports light rail and other... Read More
1 Sep, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for the Concord Monitor, Tyler Flynn, a volunteer for First Budget in New Hampshire, writes the debt he most worries about impacting his future quality of life is not student loans but the national debt. First Budget, a joint initiative of The Concord Coalition and Fix the Debt, is... Read More
28 Aug, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for the Ames Tribune, Jeff Angelo, former Republican state senator from Ames, and Jeff Danielson, current Democratic state senator from Waterloo, write projected higher debt levels should spur presidential candidates to discuss their plans for putting the federal budget on a more... Read More
25 Aug, 2015 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that updated projections on the federal budget reinforce the need for presidential candidates in both parties to explain how they would curb the growth of the national debt over the next decade and beyond. “Even with declining short-term deficits and... Read More
19 Aug, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for the Mason City Globe Gazette, Richard Dedor, a volunteer for First Budget, asks his fellow millennials to engage presidential candidates about their plans to put the federal budget on a sustainable course. The op-ed can also be found here.  A few facts: First, I am a Millennial... Read More
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26 Jun, 2015 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition last night honored Mitch Daniels and Evan Bayh III -- two former Indiana governors who both built strong fiscal records in the state -- with the 2015 Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award. Bayh, a Democrat, served as Indiana’s 46th governor from 1989 to 1997,... Read More
21 Jun, 2015 - Special Publication
An op-ed by the Sioux City Journal editorial board says discussing plans to address rising debt and deficits should be a major focus in the presidential campaign. The op-ed commends efforts by First Budget to raise awareness of dangers posed by rising federal debt and make solving the problem... Read More