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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

Brinkmanship Isn't Leadership
September 23, 2021
For several months, Republicans and Democrats in Washington, DC have been barreling towards each other on a collision course over a pair of looming fiscal deadlines. First, Congress must prevent a government shutdown by passing a temporary stopgap funding measure, called a continuing resolution (CR), before the new federal fiscal year begins on October 1. Second, lawmakers must agree to raise or suspend the statutory debt limit before mid-to-late October, or the Treasury Department will default on trillions of government obligations. 
Doubling Down on a Trojan Horse
September 16, 2021
Despite a pending government shutdown and looming debt default, this week federal lawmakers in Washington were hyper-focused on the House reconciliation legislation, the second installment of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.  Although the legislation is far from finished, initial budgetary contours emerged this week as the 13 House committees reported out their reconciliation recommendations, chief among them the House Ways and Means Committee work product. 
Debt Limit DEFCON 2
September 09, 2021
The United States Armed Forces uses an alert system called the “defense readiness condition” (DEFCON) to describe different levels of readiness, or states of alert, for military personnel. It increases in severity from DEFCON 5 (least severe) to DEFCON 1 (most severe) to match varying military situations. For example, DEFCON 1 would signal the outbreak of nuclear war.