Citizens Play Lawmakers at Federal Budget Exercise on ECU Campus

Published Feb 10, 2018. By Nicole Griffin.

From changes to Social Security, to how many nuclear submarines the Navy needs, people of all ages played lawmaker for a day. They had to decide on issues the U.S Congress has to vote on every day in hopes of lowering the national debt. . . . 

The Concord Coalition is behind the exercise, called Principles and Priorities. The goal is to better inform voters on the decisions Congress makes.

"Sometimes we think it's really easy to cut this, or we should be paying for this," said Marjorie Dufek, NC Coordinator for The Concord Coalition. "And we don't always realize the implications of those decisions."