‘First Budget’ Gains Traction in Iowa, New Hampshire

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First Budget, a nonpartisan initiative to raise awareness of the nation’s fiscal challenges during the 2016 presidential campaign, is already making its presence felt in Iowa and New Hampshire.

First Budget announced today Cabinets in both Iowa and New Hampshire that include Democrats and Republicans, congressmen and state lawmakers, local business and civic leaders. They all share a deep concern over the growing federal debt and will help First Budget make this issue a top policy priority during the early primaries and caucuses.

This week, First Budget also released videos that show citizens in Iowa and New Hampshire talking about the growing debt and the responses they want to hear from candidates.

First Budget’s cabinets and videos follow numerous events in both states over the past few months. Most recently, First Budget hosted programs on college campuses to engage younger Americans on the federal debt and encourage them to get involved in pushing for more responsible policies. First Budget partnered with College Democrats and College Republicans and other civic groups on campuses such as St. Anselm College, Dartmouth College, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa, among others.

Other events have included budget exercises where participants get a first-hand look at the tough choices facing the country.

“Shortly after taking office, the next president will present Congress with his or her first budget,” says Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition. “Given the country’s huge fiscal and economic challenges, it is critical that the new administration has a mandate to put us on a more responsible and sustainable path. The First Budget initiative is working to make sure that happens by asking the presidential candidates what specific steps they plan to take.”

First Budget is a joint nonpartisan initiative of The Concord Coalition and the Campaign to Fix the Debt. This initiative is raising public awareness of the dangers posed by the nation’s unsustainable budget policies and making this issue a high priority for the 2016 presidential candidates.

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


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 concordcoalition.org and follow us on Twitter: @ConcordC


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