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Joshua Gordon
Policy Director

Joshua B. Gordon is the Policy Director of 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.

Mr. Gordon directs The Concord Coalition's research on the federal budget, health care policy and tax policy and is the editor of Concord's blog. He frequently discusses Concord’s positions in public speeches and interviews with the media. He also directs Concord’s classroom curriculum and its budget simulations, and was a research advisor for the Sundance Film Festival Documentary I.O.U.S.A. He has been with Concord since 2001.

Mr. Gordon has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and wrote his dissertation on the budget process and the House Appropriations Committee. He also has a Master’s degree from the University of Florida and taught classes there on American Politics and on Congress. He recently served as an Adjunct Professor for the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Publications

What the Government Spends on Health Care
June 01, 2018
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released an update to its estimates and projections of the cost and use of federal government subsidies for health insurance for people under age 65. The headline number is that the government will spend $685 billion in 2018 on such subsidies, helping 89 percent of the 273 million people under age 65 in the United States get health insurance.
Trump's Prescription Drug Proposal: No Immediate Relief
May 17, 2018
This week the Trump administration released a compilation of ideas aimed at reducing prescription drug costs. Slowing the rise of drug costs is an important part of addressing the nation’s fiscal challenges because rising health care costs are the largest driver of long-term deficits. About 10 percent of health care spending, roughly $360 billion in 2018, goes to prescription drugs. Drug spending is also the fastest-growing type of health care spending when projecting over the next five to ten years.
Rescissions Bill is a Smokescreen
May 14, 2018
With some fanfare, the Trump administration has sent Congress a rescission request that would cancel $15.3 billion of “budget authority” that was granted to executive branch agencies in past legislation.