Republicans are going to have to decide just how badly they want more defense spending.
Budget Chaos in Context: Fiscal Lessons Learned for a Challenging Future
State Representative Dan Wolf and attorney Brad Cook invite you to a cocktail reception with The Concord Coalition as it marks its 25th anniversary by looking at fiscal lessons learned the past quarter-century and how those lessons apply to the major policy challenges of the next 25 years.
While the political and economic landscapes have changed, one thing remains the same: our fiscal trajectory is unsustainable.
Concord’s Executive Director, Robert Bixby, and New England Regional Director, Chase Hagaman, will discuss current and future fiscal trends and challenges and share what Concord has been doing in New Hampshire in its push to engage citizens on these vital issues.
Whether you know Concord well, or are unfamiliar with its efforts, this reception will update you on the organization’s work and the need for a more productive fiscal policy conversation at the national level.
Concord was co-founded by former U.S. Senator for New Hampshire, Warren B. Rudman.
What: Budget Chaos in Context: Fiscal Lessons Learned for a Challenging Future
When: Tuesday, September 19
5:30 p.m., Reception & Registration; 6:15 - 7:00 p.m., Program
Where: The Coach House Restaurant (Sargent Room) at the New London Inn
353 Main Street, New London, NH 03257
About the Host
Chase A. Hagaman is the New England regional director of The Concord Coalition. Concord is a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps to raise public awareness about the need for responsible fiscal policies that protect our children and future generations.
Hagaman, a resident of New Hampshire, works with community leaders, student groups, business organizations, Concord volunteers, and elected officials across New England and upstate New York. He organizes public education events, performs media outreach and engages volunteers.
Hagaman is a member of the New Hampshire Bar. He received his law degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida. Hagaman’s work with law firms, the court system and state and municipal agencies helped shape his passion for public policy. He invests his personal time in his community, including coaching for a high school rowing program.
Hagaman joined Concord to champion the mission of its founders, the late Senators Warren Rudman and Paul Tsongas. As part of the next generation of leaders, Hagaman has become an ardent advocate for lasting reform who works to bridge generational gaps as he brings awareness to fiscal issues.
President Trump and many lawmakers in both parties have promised to attack waste and substantially improve government efficiency.
Many politicians, including the president-elect, have focused their efforts to improve federal finances on the elimination of waste, fraud and abuse. While such reforms would be woefully insufficient to address the nation’s broader fiscal challenges, a 2015 report uncovered last week suggests there remains ample opportunity to save money in the Department of Defense.
Many politicians, including the president-elect, have focused their efforts to improve the federal government’s finances on the elimination of waste, fraud and abuse.
The United States faces an ever-changing landscape of national security challenges, from ISIS violence to concerns about recent Russian and Chinese actions.
Such challenges call for “long-term defense planning, the careful setting of priorities, and new policies to replace old ones that are no longer appropriate – no matter how politically difficult some of that may be,” says Chase Hagaman, New England regional director for The Concord Coalition.
House lawmakers approved defense appropriations legislation last week that would use a war-funding gimmick to circumvent spending limits that were agreed to just last fall.
Conflict over military funding returns to Capitol Hill as appropriators and some defense hawks spar over using a special account supporting combat operations to increase defense spending
The Obama administration is threatening to veto defense policy legislation passed by the House last week that contains a war-funding gimmick.
Some House lawmakers are attempting to increase defense funding above the caps set by a recent bipartisan agreement through questionable alterations in a special fund for war spending.