Former Members of Congress, Students at George Washington University to Tackle Deficits

Press Release
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

College students and nine former members of Congress will confront the nation’s fiscal and economic difficulties through an interactive exercise this Saturday, Dec. 3, at George Washington University.   

Participants in the “Principles and Priorities” exercise, developed by The Concord Coalition, will try to do what the congressional super committee recently failed to do: Develop a broad plan to substantially reduce projected federal deficits over the next 10 years and beyond.

Working in groups of seven or eight, the students and former lawmakers will discuss and decide upon dozens of options concerning annual domestic and defense spending, tax policies and changes in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

WHAT:   Federal Budget Exercise “Principles and Priorities”

WHO:  About 100 George Washington University graduate and undergraduate students and nine former members of Congress.

  • Former Rep. Bob Carr (D-MI)
  • Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)
  • Former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA)
  • Former Rep. Bill Frenzel (R-MN)
  • Former Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX)
  • Former Rep. Dan Glickman (D-KS)
  • Former Rep. Orval Hansen (R-ID)
  • Former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)
  • Former Rep. John Porter (R-IL)

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Registration begins at 9 a.m. WHERE: The City View Room, 7th Floor; Elliot School of International Affairs; George Washington University; 1957 E Street, NW; Washington, D.C.

"This will be an opportunity for students to work through the tough choices that will be needed to put our nation on a sustainable fiscal path,” said Harry Zeeve, Concord’s national field director. "The former members of Congress will share their experience and political expertise with the students, and the students will share their perspectives with the former lawmakers.”  

The event is sponsored by the United States Association of Former Members of Congress, George Washington University’s Graduate School of Politicial Management, and The Concord Coalition.


The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Former U.S. Senators Warren B. Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as Concord's co-chairs.