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A Grassroots Coalition

The Concord Coalition is a respected non-partisan source of information on the risks and consequences of a growing federal debt and unsustainable fiscal policies.

We work around the country educating, engaging and empowering citizens to take action as fiscal lookouts.

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Fiscal responsibility

In Washington we encourage elected officials to work together to put the country on a more responsible path that will hold down the debt, foster economic growth and strengthen the nation. 

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Need to Act

The national debt, already quite high by historical standards, is projected to grow rapidly. The aging of the population and health care costs are driving up government spending and revenues are not projected to keep pace.

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What is your role?

Across the country we present budget exercises, forums and other educational programs. We also engage volunteers to provide factual information and facilitate discussions in their communities, encourage local media coverage and press their elected officials to support budget reforms.

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We advocate for smarter fiscal policy that will positively impact future generations of Americans

In The News

Don't Let Partisan Gridlock Stall Government Functions

Published Nov 30, 2022. By Robert Bixby.
Article Excerpt

The midterm elections left Republicans in control of the House (barely) and Democrats in control of the Senate (barely). Pundits are already predicting gridlock (they’re probably right), but Congress has two essential tasks before them that must not be held hostage by legislative paralysis: passing the annual appropriation bills that fund government operation, and raising the debt limit.

Congressional leaders face a choice — and it is a choice — between cooperation and chaos. If they fail to pass appropriation bills, federal agencies and the programs they administer will shut down. If they fail to raise the debt limit, the government will default on its obligations and instigate a financial crisis that will reverberate around the globe.


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The Biden Administration Takes Another Step Towards 'Free' College

Thursday, November 03, 2022

This week the Department of Education issued regulations to provide additional debt relief to college students.[1] These regulations are the latest installment in the Biden Administration’s ongoing efforts to expand the universe of students who will not have to repay some or all the money they borrowed to attend college.

These changes come on top of the previously announced $10,000 to $20,000 debt forgiveness, and the forthcoming changes to income-related repayment plans. The latest changes focus on five categories of students:


Issue Brief

Social Security: A New Solution to an Old Problem

Thursday, November 03, 2022


More than one-quarter of state and local government employees are exempt from Social Security because they participate in a pension plan that allegedly provides comparable retirement benefits.[1] Despite their exemption, most of these employees will become eligible for Social Security, either as the spouse of a covered worker or from working in covered employment before, during, or after their own non-covered employment.









A quarter-century of policy leadership

Paul Tsongas, Warren Rudman, and Peter G Peterson at the founding of The Concord Coalition in 1992
Our founders announced The Concord Coalition under the debt clock in New York City.


The Concord Coalition, founded in 1992, is a non-partisan organization that advocates putting the national debt on a sustainable course and protecting future generations.

Concord’s founders believed, like the Minutemen at Concord, that we have a moral obligation to leave the country better off for our children and grandchildren. Our founding co-chairs were former U.S. senators Paul E. Tsongas (D-Mass.) and Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.). Former U.S. commerce secretary Peter G. Peterson was the founding president.

Our current Board of Directors and regional advisory groups include former members of Congress and state legislatures, recognized experts on the federal budget, and business and civic leaders.

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Why we advocate for fiscal responsibility

Americans say they put a high priority on strengthening the country and looking out for the next generation. Yet the federal government is on an irresponsible and unsustainable fiscal path, with spending programs growing more quickly than the economy can keep up with and tax revenues projected to chronically fall short of spending -- even in relatively good economic times. This leads to an ever-growing debt burden.

We believe, and our experience as an organization has shown, that when Americans are given non-partisan, straightforward information about the nation’s fiscal future, they understand the need to make budgetary tradeoffs and will push their representatives to make hard choices to set the nation on a sustainable fiscal path. That is why we work around the country educating, engaging and empowering citizens to take action.


What does the future look like?

The national debt is already quite high by historical standards, and government projections show that it will continue to grow rapidly and to levels substantially higher than ever in history. The aging of the population and rising health care costs are driving up government spending and revenues are not projected to keep pace.

The debt could rise even more rapidly if elected officials move forward with additional spending programs or tax cuts without “paying” for them through other budgetary changes. 

This debt growth will damage the economy, undermine our standard of living, and leave our children and future generations worse off. Procrastination only makes the problems more difficult to address. The sooner we deal with them, the better.

How you can help

When faced with a challenge as complex as the nation's fiscal future, it can be easy to feel helpless and discouraged. The numbers involved can seem intractable and the problems may seem daunting. But there are things YOU can do to help America’s fiscal future!

One of Concord’s main goals is to stimulate honest discussions about federal finances that transcend partisan politics. We are determined to communicate with and empower American citizens to change the direction in which the country is headed. 

The Concord Coalition can help you start this discussion with your neighbors, colleagues, and elected representatives. It is easy to stay involved! Attend Concord events in your area, educate others, write letters to the editor, join our social networks and donate!