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

  • 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.

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

  • Across the country we present budget exercises, forums and other educational programs. We also engage volunteers to become “fiscal lookouts,” providing factual information and facilitating discussions in their communities, encouraging local media coverage and pressing their elected officials in Washington to support budget reforms.


Press Release

Concord Coalition Expresses Concern Over House Budget Assumptions

Thursday, July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition is pleased that the House Budget Committee has voted to advance a budget resolution that aims to balance over 10 years, but is skeptical about the assumptions the committee makes to get there. However, establishing the goal of deficit- neutral tax reform is an important step and will hopefully act to promote real reforms that can increase economic growth while acting as a guardrail against large deficit-increasing tax cuts.

Volunteers Needed! This SUMMER Become a Fiscal Lookout

The nation needs more fiscal lookouts--citizens who help spread the word about fiscal responsibility and encourage elected officials to look beyond the short-­term, watch for signs of trouble and act to avoid impending dangers.

Who is The Concord Coalition?

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.

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About the federal budget

Why should you care about the federal budget?

It Affects You!

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 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! 

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Blog Post

Trust Fund Accounting Obscures Fiscal Problems of Social Security and Medicare

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Every year the trustees of Social Security and Medicare issue detailed reports on the financial status of these programs. While the trustees’ reports consistently warn that both programs face serious shortfalls, the urgency of this warning is often undercut by undue attention to the years in which the Social Security trust funds and the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund are projected to become insolvent.
25th Anniversary Forum Event Review Watch the Event

"Budget Chaos in Context." Policy Experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to discuss lessons learned and how to improve the fiscal future.