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Tori Gorman
Policy Director

Tori Gorman is the Policy Director for The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget issues and their consequences for the future. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by the late U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Paul Tsongas (D-MA), and former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson.

Ms. Gorman joined Concord after a 16-year career on Capitol Hill where she held director-level positions advising senior members of the budget, appropriations, and tax writing committees in the House and Senate. Her efforts across the aisle on budget process, entitlement, and tax reforms established her reputation for bipartisanship and fiscal responsibility. Prior to her career in the federal legislative branch, Ms. Gorman was the economist for the Maryland General Assembly.

Ms. Gorman has a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in applied economics and finance from the University of California-Santa Cruz. 

Recent Publications

Budget-Related House Rule Changes for the 117th Congress
January 08, 2021
Every two years the U.S. House of Representatives reconstitutes itself as a new legislative body and adopts a set of rules governing the Chamber’s actions for the new Congress. The rules package for the 117th Congress contains three budget-related provisions. Two are harmless but the third should raise concerns for advocates of fiscal responsibility.   
Coronabus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
December 21, 2020
After months of bickering and delay, House and Senate negotiators finally agreed to compromise on a much-needed fifth installment of COVID-19 relief for individuals and small businesses. Though wrapped up in mammoth legislation carrying the 12 annual funding bills for FY 2021 as well as tax extenders, budget gimmicks, and a host of unrelated measures, lawmakers would be forgiven for holding their noses while casting votes in support of this “coronabus.”
Gearing up for Gridlock
November 11, 2020
As an eager nation waits for state officials to certify results of the 2020 elections, Congress and the president (both this year’s and next) face a crowded agenda filled with urgent policy deadlines. While some political strategists predict continued gridlock, a number of action-forcing events will require the two branches of government to cooperate or risk economic calamity.  Lawmakers don’t have much time to come together. The first tranche of deadlines arrives in December: