October 9, 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.

A recent letter...

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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
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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
5 May, 2015 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition welcomes the House and Senate passage of a budget resolution that promises to balance the budget and substantially slow the growth of federal debt over the next 10 years. Concord warns, however, that these goals rest upon speculative savings from future policy... Read More
25 Apr, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for The Gazette, Iowa state representatives Ken Rizer (R-Cedar Rapids) and Dan Kelley (D-Newton) discuss their involvement in the First Budget initiative and the importance of making the nation's unsustainable budget policies a top issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. The op-ed can... Read More
16 Apr, 2015 - Press Release
IOWA CITY, IOWA -- Several of the nation’s leading health care experts will discuss options to improve how care is delivered and paid for at a policy conference next Wednesday at the University of Iowa.   The keynote speakers will be Alice Rivlin, who served as the first director of the... Read More
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2 Apr, 2015 - Press Release
CONCORD, N.H. --  First Budget brought its message for the 2016 presidential election to New Hampshire today as part of its campaign to highlight the growing federal debt. First Budget, a joint effort of The Concord Coalition and the Campaign to Fix the Debt, is active in New Hampshire and... Read More
22 Mar, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for the New Hampshire Union Leader, former Congressmen Richard Swett and William Zeliff say New Hampshire citizens should ask presidential candidates about their plans to put the federal budget on a more sustainable course. Zeliff, a Republican, and Swett, a Democrat, are involved with... Read More
20 Mar, 2015 - Special Publication
Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, and several other budget and health care experts recently wrote to Congressional leaders recommending that they fully offset the cost of replacing the sustainable growth rate, which determines payment rates for Medicare providers. The other... Read More
17 Mar, 2015 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today welcomed the proposed House budget resolution for its goal of reining in future deficits but cautioned against assumptions of reduced spending that are vague and unrealistic, and against revenue projections that are at odds with recent tax-cut legislation... Read More