WASHINGTON -- While there has been some recent good news for the federal budget, The Concord Coalition said today that updated projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) should remind policymakers that the aging of the population is dramatically but predictably reshaping government spending and fiscal reforms are the only way to prevent the negative economic consequences.
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Trustees' Reports Underscore Need For Prompt Reforms to Make Medicare, Social Security Programs Sustainable
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that the new reports from the Social Security and Medicare trustees highlight the need for prompt reform of federal entitlement programs, with further delays in such work creating a particular problem for Social Security’s Disability Insurance program.
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that new long-term projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) underscore the need for Washington to move beyond today’s overly partisan environment to pursue broad fiscal reforms.
Judd Gregg, Ed Rendell To Discuss Federal Debt, Fiscal Solutions At Forum Next Wednesday In Manchester
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Two of the most active proponents of bipartisan congressional action on the nation’s debt -- former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell -- will provide a clear, candid analysis of the nation’s fiscal outlook at a breakfast forum next Wednesday in Manchester.
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Two of the most active proponents of bipartisan congressional action on the nation’s debt -- former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell -- will provide a clear, candid analysis of the nation’s fiscal outlook at a breakfast forum Wednesday in Manchester.
WASHINGTON -- While lawmakers are working on appropriations bills to fund the government next year, they seem to have lost interest in trying to meet the country’s long-term fiscal challenges. But the newly updated Federal Budget Challenge (www.federalbudgetchallenge.org) gives citizens across the country a chance to succeed where Congress has thrown in the towel, letting them select policies to put the country on a fiscally sustainable path.
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today welcomed the budget proposal from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan but expressed concern that it does not represent a realistic blueprint for making progress on a fiscal sustainability plan.
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:
President's Campaign-Year Budget Plan Is Unlikely to Foster Progress on the Nation's Key Fiscal Challenges
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition expressed disappointment today that President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget shifts the administration’s focus away from the credible framework he offered last year for comprehensive, bipartisan fiscal reform.
“While there are some positive elements in the President’s plan this year, overall it seems to ratify the consensus in both parties that there will be no far-reaching budget deals in the coming year,” said Robert L. Bixby, Concord’s executive director. “This is a campaign-year document and should be assessed as that.”
WASHINGTON -- With the Senate this week considering repeal of the recent reduction in cost-of-living (COLA) increases for working-age military retirees, The Concord Coalition warned lawmakers that deviating from a pay-as-you-go standard for new spending and tax cuts would make a g