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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

Looking Back 20 Years at the 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement
August 08, 2017
This past Saturday marked 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA). The act was the result of an agreement with the Republican-controlled Congress designed to balance the budget by 2002.
Swift Bipartisan Action Needed on Health Care
August 01, 2017
With the Senate’s failure to pass health care legislation in last week’s votes, Congress should turn to a bipartisan approach. This is needed both to fix the serious, short-term problems with health care marketplaces around the country and to propel health care cost-control initiatives over the longer term.
The Current Health Care Policy Approach Has Fiscal Risks
June 27, 2017
With the release of the Senate health care proposal and its analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), it’s clear that the House and Senate are taking the same approach on health care policy. According to CBO, the Senate bill would decrease spending by $1,022 billion and decrease revenue by $701 billion, leading to a total deficit reduction of $321 billion over the 10-year budget window from 2017 to 2026. The House bill was scored as reducing the deficit by $119 billion.