In Advance of Oct. 9 Presidential Debate, Experts on Federal Budget to Speak at Washington University

Press Release
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ST. LOUIS -- In a program Thursday night at Washington University, three of the nation’s leading experts on the federal budget will discuss the difficult fiscal challenges facing the next president and Congress.

The program, a week and a half before the presidential debate at the university, will feature G. William Hoagland, senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center;  Joseph Minarik, senior vice president and director of research at the Committee for Economic Development, and Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition.

They will discuss the growing federal debt, taxes, health care spending, Social Security and the need for broad reforms to put the federal budget on a more responsible and sustainable course.

The program, entitled “Fiscal Futures: Policy Forum,” will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thurday in Simon Hall Room 106 on the university’s Danforth Campus.

A day earlier, Washington University students will participate in a federal budget exercise presented by Concord.

These are part of a series of programs on the federal budget that Concord is presenting at universities where this year’s presidential and vice presidential debates are being held. Co-hosts for this week’s programs are the Washington University Student Union, WashU Votes, and the university’s Presidential Debate Steering Committee.

WHAT:  “Fiscal Futures: Policy Forum”

WHO:  Federal budget experts G. William Hoagland, Joseph Minarik and Robert L. Bixby

WHEN:  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

WHERE:  Simon Hall Room 106, Danforth Campus, Washington University.

Media contact: Steve Winn, [email protected], (703) 254-7828


The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Since 1992, Concord has worked to educate the public about the causes and consequences of the federal deficit and debt, and to develop realistic solutions for sustainable budgets. For more fiscal news and analysis, visit and follow us on Twitter: @ConcordC