Forum to Feature Experts on Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Press Release
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WASHINGTON – The third forum in a new initiative to focus attention on the nation’s fiscal challenges will be held in New York City on Thursday, Sept. 27. The program will feature Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury; Martin Feldstein, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors; David M. Cote; Chairman and CEO of Honeywell; Alfred P. West, Jr., Chairman of the American Business Council and CEO of SEI; and Navin Thukkaram, COO of Qwiki.  The panelists will discuss the challenges of pro-growth tax reform.

The Concord Coalition is one of several organizations participating in this initiative, called Strengthening of America – Our Children’s Future. Concord plans to live-stream the event at  More information on this effort and details on Thursday’s program are below.


Strengthening Of America: Third Bipartisan Forum on U.S. Fiscal Future Discussing the Challenge of Pro-Growth Tax Reform



Panel One:Lawrence H. SummersFormer Treasury Secretary and Director of the White House U.S. National Economic Council

Martin FeldsteinFormer Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

Panel Two:David M. CoteChairman and CEO, HoneywellAlfred P. West Jr.Chairman, American Business Conference; CEO, SEINavin ThukkaramCOO, Qwiki, Inc. 




Thursday, September 27, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Carnegie Corporation of New York

437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022



Credentialed members of the press who would like to attend must RSVP to [email protected].

Former U.S. senators Sam Nunn (D-GA), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Warren Rudman (R-NH), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) have convened a bipartisan group of former senators and representatives to come together for four forums between now and the first presidential debate to raise public consciousness of the country’s growing and unsustainable debt. They are calling their effort, Strengthening of America—Our Children’s Future. 

The effort is a joint project of The Concord Coalition, The Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the American Business Conference, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  

The Steering Committee for Strengthening of America currently includes the following former members of Congress: Howard Baker (R-TN), Bob Bennett (R-UT), David Boren (D-OK), Bill Brock (R-TN), Richard Bryan (D-NV), Mike Castle (R-DE), Jack Danforth (R-MO), Tom Davis (R-VA), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mickey Edwards (R-OK), Daniel Evans (R-WA), Bill Frenzel (R-MN), Dan Glickman (D-KS), Slade Gorton (R-WA), Bob Graham (D-FL), William Gray (D-PA), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Jane Harman (D-CA), J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA), Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS), David McCurdy (D-OK), Jim Nussle (R-IA), Tim Penny (D-MN), Chuck Robb (D-VA), Tim Roemer (D-IN), Alan Simpson (R-WY), Charlie Stenholm (D-TX), John Tanner (D-TN), Tom Tauke (R-IA), and Tim Wirth (D-CO).

The effort is a joint project of the following organizations:

The Concord Coalition

The Bipartisan Policy Center

The Center for Strategic and International Studies

The American Business Conference

The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University

You can follow the initiative on Twitter @USAStronger.



The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Former U.S. Senators Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.) and Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) serve as Concord's co-chairs.