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.
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.