As Fiscal Pressures Mount, Concord Coalition Forum in Washington Will Look at Key Lessons for the Future

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WASHINGTON — It’s late June and Washington has no budget, no agreement on health care reform, no sign of tax reform, growing worries about a government shutdown this fall and a looming crisis over the federal debt limit.

How did we get to this point and what is the way forward?

A Concord Coalition forum June 29 in Washington will address these issues, taking a look at the fiscal lessons that have been learned over the last 25 years and how those lessons apply to the major fiscal policy challenges of the next quarter-century.

Mark A. Weinberger, global chairman and CEO of EY, and Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, will be the featured speakers.

The program, “Budget Chaos in Context: Fiscal Lessons Learned for a Challenging Future,” will also include a panel discussion featuring Stuart Butler, a senior fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution;  Diane Lim, a principal economist at The Conference Board; Maya MacGuineas, president of The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and Robert L. Bixby, The Concord Coalition’s executive director.

The program is among several activities this year that will mark the 25th anniversary of Concord’s founding as a nonpartisan advocate of fiscal responsibility and reform.

The event next Thursday, June 29, will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington. Sign-in starts at 8 a.m. with coffee and light breakfast. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Topics will include the unsustainability of current fiscal policies, the demographic changes that are a key driver of projected deficits, the importance of an independent and credible Congressional Budget Office, and the demonstrated willingness of informed Americans to make difficult choices and trade-offs to put the nation on a more responsible path.

Media coverage is encouraged.

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