April 20, 2014

Publications

1 Apr, 2014 - Press Release

WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today welcomed the budget proposal from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan but expressed concern that it does not represent a realistic blueprint for making progress on a fiscal sustainability plan.

“It is the statutory duty of the House and Senate Budget Committees to produce a budget,” said Robert L. Bixby, Concord’s executive director. “Chairman Ryan thus deserves credit for following ‘regular order’ by proposing a budget in an election year when some may argue that it would be...

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4 Mar, 2014 - Special Publication
In an op-ed and interview for Federal News Radio, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby discusses how to fix the federal budget process by switching to a two-year budget cycle and focusing on long-term spending obligations. The column and interview are part of a special report on budget... Read More
18 Feb, 2014 - Issue Brief
It’s Time To Reform the Statutory Debt LimitI. IntroductionCongress voted this month to again suspend the federal debt limit. On March 15, 2015, it will be 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... Read More
17 Dec, 2013 - Special Publication
The following letter was sent to Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) by the Concord Coalition discussing the potential effects a switch to biennial budgeting would have on the federal budget process.Dear Mr. Ribble,Given the frequent breakdown of the budget process in recent years, The Concord Coalition... Read More
30 Oct, 2013 - Issue Brief
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/finalbudgetconference.pdf
Given the acrimonious political environment and the wide discrepancy between the House and Senate budgets, the conference committee now scheduled to report by Dec.13 begins its work with low expectations. However, if the committee approaches its task with flexibility and a commitment to achieving... Read More
9 May, 2013 - Special Publication
This article in The Hill Thursday was written by former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), co-chairman of The Concord Coalition, and former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. CONGRESS'S BUDGET PROCESS BROKEN BECAUSE IT'S IGNORED After trying private negotiations,... Read More
12 Mar, 2013 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- While supporting the goal of returning balance to the nation’s finances, The Concord Coalition said today that the ambitious 10-year budget plan released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan relies on dubious assumptions to achieve that goal. “Any plan to put the federal... Read More
6 Feb, 2013 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today applauded the efforts of a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives to encourage a long-term balanced budget plan based on the principles of the 2010 National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles).     “This is a... Read More
14 Jan, 2013 - Issue Brief
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/debtlimitrev1.14.13_0.pdf
I. Introduction Federal borrowing is once again near the statutory debt limit. At the end of last year, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner notified Congress that the $16.394 trillion limit had been reached and that his department would begin taking “extraordinary measures” to postpone the... Read More
14 Jan, 2013 - Press Release
  WASHINGTON --  The Concord Coalition today urged elected officials to promptly raise the federal debt limit and then reform the debt limit process as part of a comprehensive plan to put the budget on a more responsible course. “There should be no delay in voting to increase the debt... Read More
26 Oct, 2012 - Special Publication
Pete Domenici, a Republican, was a U.S. senator from New Mexico from 1973 to 2009. Sam Nunn, a Democrat, was a U.S. senator from Georgia from 1973 to 1997. They and former senators Warren Rudman and Evan Bayh co-chair an initiative called Strengthening of America—Our Children’s Future, which seeks... Read More