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National Security Requires Carefully Setting Priorities

July 13, 2016

The United States faces an ever-changing landscape of national security challenges, from ISIS violence to concerns about recent Russian and Chinese actions.

Such challenges call for “long-term defense planning, the careful setting of priorities, and new policies to replace old ones that are no longer appropriate – no matter how politically difficult some of that may be,” says Chase Hagaman, New England regional director for The Concord Coalition.

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Presidential Candidates Must Show More Fiscal Leadership

July 05, 2016

The federal deficit is rising. Social Security and Medicare need repairs, as does the tax code. Federal domestic investments are being squeezed and the nation’s debt is on an unsustainable course.

Yet so far the presidential candidates have not said much about these issues, according to Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.

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Hopes Fade for Better Budgeting This Year

June 28, 2016

The congressional budget process has run into even more trouble, with partisan rancor over guns and a sit-down protest by Democrats leading the House last week to start its July 4 recess early -- despite the tight time schedule Congress already had to approve spending bills for Fiscal 2017.

Congress so far has failed to send the President any of the 12 spending bills needed for the coming fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. The House and Senate have longer summer recesses scheduled this year because of the political conventions.