Two current and four former U.S. senators will be at the University of New Hampshire School of Law later this month to help launch the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy.
The new center’s first conference, “The Federal Budget and the Law: Finding a Way Forward,” is scheduled April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Its events are open to the public but space will be limited, said Danielle Barrick, a spokeswoman for the law school.
David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States, will give opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion on “Current Realities and Political Challenges” featuring U.S. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and former senators Phil Gramm of Texas and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.
Former senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby, economist Alice Rivlin and G. William Hoagland, the former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, will be on a second panel, “Tough Choices and Possible Solutions.”
Also speaking will be former Maine senator Olympia Snowe and former commerce secretary Pete Peterson. Ari Shapiro of National Public Radio will moderate the conference.
Rudman, a moderate Republican and two-term U.S. senator from New Hampshire, earned a national reputation for his efforts to tame the federal budget deficit. He died last November at the age of 82.
(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 [email protected] or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)