Panel to Discuss Fixing the Broken Federal Budget Process Thursday on Capitol Hill

Press Release
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON -- A panel discussion this Thursday morning on Capitol Hill will focus on the breakdown of the federal budget process and offer possible solutions that could put the country on a more responsible fiscal path.

The non-partisan Concord Coalition and Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, a member of the House Budget Committee, will host the program. Panel members:

  • Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy of Third Way

  • Ed Lorenzen, senior advisor for The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

  • Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition

  • Gordon Gray, director of fiscal policy at the American Action Forum

  • Steve Bell, senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center

The program, entitled “Fixing the Broken Budget Process,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Discussion topics are expected to include past problems with the budget process, the federal debt limit, mandatory spending programs, pay-as-you-go rules, enforcement mechanisms, the possibility of two-year budget cycles, and other ways to promote a longer-term focus as elected officials develop tax and spending plans.

WHAT: Panel Discussion on “Fixing the Broken Budget Process”

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20

WHERE: Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building

HOSTS: Rep. Reid Ribble and The Concord Coalition

For more information contact Ben Ritz at The Concord Coalition: [email protected] or at (831) 334-5673.

Media Contact: Steve Winn, [email protected], 703-254-7828


The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. Since 1992, Concord has worked to educate the public about the causes and consequences of the federal deficit and debt, and to develop realistic solutions for sustainable budgets. For more fiscal news and analysis, visit and follow us on Twitter: @ConcordC