November 25, 2015


18 Nov, 2015 - Press Release

Dealing with the federal debt should be a top priority for the 2016 presidential candidates, according to a new paper by Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, and Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

“The next president will face an array of pressing issues; everything from income inequality to crumbling...

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7 Nov, 2015 - Special Publication
Ahead of the presidential debate Nov. 14 in Iowa, former Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), a member of First Budget's Iowa cabinet, writes in the Des Moines Register candidates should explain their ideas to keep Social Security and Medicare financially sound for future generations. The op-ed... Read More
13 Aug, 2015 - Special Publication
Social Security turns 80 years old on Aug. 14, 2015. That anniversary is a good time to note the program’s accomplishments and take a hard look at its future. Social Security is the largest federal government program, with expenditures in 2014 totalling $859 billion. Its broad range of retirement,... Read More
12 Aug, 2015 - Special Publication
In a Washington Monthly op-ed focusing on Social Security's Disability Insurance program, Phil LaRue, government relations director for The Concord Coalition, writes that reform is personal for the 11 million Americans who could face a severe cut in disability benefits next year unless lawmakers... Read More
11 Aug, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for Roll Call, former Congressmen John Tanner (D-Tenn.) and Mike Castle (R-Del.), co-chairs of The Concord Coalition, say the latest reports by the trustees for Social Security and Medicare and the Congressional Budget Office show why presidential candidates need to focus on reforms to... Read More
3 Aug, 2015 - Special Publication
The full interview can also be found here. Q: The latest trustees' report shows improvements in the long-term health of both Medicare and Social Security. Both should be able to cover benefits for at least 15 years. So why make any changes now? A: The simple answer is that the two... Read More
1 Aug, 2015 - Special Publication
Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby discusses the latest reports by the trustees for Medicare and Social Security and the long-term challenges facing both programs in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. Excerpts of the interview follow. You can read the full interview here or... Read More
31 Jul, 2015 - Special Publication
The Chicago Tribune recently wrote an editorial praising First Budget for its efforts to engage presidential candidates on the unsustainable rise in national debt and says voters must urge candidates to address this "existential threat" facing the country. The article, behind a paywall, can be... Read More
22 Jul, 2015 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that new reports from the trustees for Social Security and Medicare show the rising pressure the programs will put on the entire federal budget in the years ahead, a problem that deserves close attention from the presidential candidates and others... Read More
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20 May, 2015 - Press Release
Concord, New Hampshire -- First Budget, a nonpartisan initiative to raise awareness of the nation’s fiscal challenges during the 2016 presidential campaign, today announced a “New Hampshire Cabinet” consisting of political, business and civic leaders from across the state. The Cabinet includes... Read More
13 May, 2015 - Special Publication
The Concord Coalition and the Bipartisan Policy Center recently co-hosted a forum about improving retirement security on Capitol Hill. A video of the event can be found here. Senator Hatch's and Mr. Furman's official remarks are available to download.  Senate... Read More