November 29, 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...

Recent Publications

The Concord Coalition has an extensive collection of published materials. Use the menu system on the left of the page as well as the filters below to further refine your search. To recieve email alerts when we publish new Briefs or Releases, sign up for our mailing list.

8 Oct, 2015 - Issue Brief
It’s Time To Reform the Statutory Debt LimitI. IntroductionCongress 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... Read More
6 Oct, 2015 - Special Publication
In an op-ed for the Washington Monthly, Phil LaRue, government relations director for The Concord Coalition, writes showdowns over the debt limit hurt the economy and increase partisanship in Congress. The op-ed can also be found here.  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent a letter to... Read More
24 Jan, 2015 - Special Publication
In a recent op-ed for the Des Moines Register, Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, and Maya MacGuineas, head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, discussed the importance of presidential candidates credibly addressing the long-term challenges facing the federal budget. The op-ed... Read More
24 Jun, 2014 - Special Publication
Hearing Before the House Rules Committee on H.R. 1869 — The Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act of 2014Statement of Robert L. BixbyExecutive Director, The Concord Coalition Good morning Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. Thank you for inviting me here today to discuss... Read More
19 Mar, 2014 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- A panel discussion this Thursday morning on Capitol Hill will focus on the breakdown of the federal budget process and offer possible solutions that could put the country on a more responsible fiscal path. The non-partisan Concord Coalition and Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, a member... Read More
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
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
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