The Concord Coalition

The Concord Coalition The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about America's fiscal challenges and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth.

The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan grassroots organization raising awareness about the dangerous state of the federal budget, and how it could lead to an economic crisis that would bankrupt the next generation. By inspiring and educating the public, we hope to give our lawmakers the support they need to change course now before this risk becomes reality. Discuss this issue with friends, and for more information, please visit our website at http://www.concordcoalition.org.

Operating as usual

Listen to/watch the latest #FacingTheFuture with The Concord Coalition, "Health Spans, Life Spans, and Health Care Costs...
12/23/2020
Health Spans, Life Spans, and Health Care Costs

Listen to/watch the latest #FacingTheFuture with The Concord Coalition, "Health Spans, Life Spans, and Health Care Costs." It features Richard Jackson, Bob Bixby & Tori Gorman discussing everything from the latest issue brief by Jackson on aging & demographics to what's happening with #COVID19 relief and FY2021 #Appropriations.

Check it out:

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by Richard Jackson, president and founder of the Global Aging Institute, Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman.

The stimulus package Congress is expected to approve is nearly 5,600 pages and will take time to fully analyze. In the m...
12/21/2020
Coronabus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The stimulus package Congress is expected to approve is nearly 5,600 pages and will take time to fully analyze. In the meantime, here is a brief look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in Washington’s latest monument to sausage-making:

After months of bickering and delay, House and Senate negotiators finally agreed to compromise on a much-needed fifth installment of COVID-19 relief for individuals and small businesses. Though wrapped up in mammoth legislation carrying the 12 annual funding bills for FY 2021 as well as tax extender...

“One of the things we’ve really focused on is what kind of financial challenges are the people most impacted by the pand...
12/16/2020
Senators Cassidy and Hassan Discuss Bipartisan COVID Relief

“One of the things we’ve really focused on is what kind of financial challenges are the people most impacted by the pandemic facing, and how can we get individual assistance to people in need,”
Senator Maggie Hassan said.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy Cassidy said, “Something like this, where clearly Congress was not functioning but the need was huge, is where folks on an organic level can come together and make a difference.”

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman.

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) discuss the COVID-19 relief proposal they co-authored, includ...
12/16/2020
Senators Cassidy (R-LA) and Hassan (D-NH) discuss COVID-19 relief

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) discuss the COVID-19 relief proposal they co-authored, including how the bipartisan group came together, whether it is a model for future policymaking, and their key takeaways from the process.

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) discuss the bipartisan, COVID-19 relief proposal they helped negotiate and co-authored, including ...

12/15/2020

HAPPENING NOW: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy and Senator Maggie Hassan are joining Chase on Facing the Future to talk about the bipartisan COVID-19 bills that were introduced yesterday. Follow this page for more details!

"All support is now fading fast, and by the end of the year, going into the next, any remaining support will have expire...
12/10/2020

"All support is now fading fast, and by the end of the year, going into the next, any remaining support will have expired,” Zandi said. “The single most important role of government is to have our backs in times of crisis."

https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/building-bridges-people-and-policy

Listen to/Watch the latest #FacingTheFuture, "Building Bridges for People and Policy," by clicking here: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/building-bridges-people-and-policy.

The Concord Coalition Executive Director Bob Bixby, Policy Director Tori Gorman, National Field Director Phil Smith, Dr. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody's Analytics, and Kwanza Hall, Congressman for Georgia's 5th District joined the show.

They discussed #EconomicTrends, #FiscalPolicy, #MonetaryPolicy, #COVID19 relief, as well as what it's like to serve in #Congress and complete the term of legend and #CivilRights hero, the late Congressman #JohnLewis.

We should address the needs of this crisis with policy prescriptions that are timely, targeted, and temporary. The $908 ...
12/07/2020
A Ray of Hope on COVID Relief

We should address the needs of this crisis with policy prescriptions that are timely, targeted, and temporary. The $908 billion bipartisan COVID-19 relief plan meets these criteria.

It is more fiscally responsible and humane to support the economy through higher debt than to do nothing. The risks of higher debt will only get worse if we stand back and allow widespread business failures, long-term unemployment, and a higher death toll.

Problem Solvers Caucus

A welcome ray of hope pierced the partisan Washington fog last week when a bipartisan group of lawmakers outlined a new COVID-19 relief plan. Nine Senators - four Republicans, four Democrats, and one independent - joined the House Problem Solvers caucus as sponsors of the $908 billion proposal.

Listen to/Watch the latest #FacingTheFuture, "Busting Myths and Taking Gambles," by clicking here: https://www.concordco...
12/02/2020

Listen to/Watch the latest #FacingTheFuture, "Busting Myths and Taking Gambles," by clicking here: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/busting-myths-and-taking-gambles.

The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Ben Ritz, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future, and Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute discuss Ritz’ article in #Forbes, titled “How #Deficits Could Cripple The #Biden Agenda – And How He Can Overcome Them,” and Riedl’s article in the #NationalReview, titled #Spending, #Tax, and Deficit #Myths Exposed.”

Bixby said, “Every time a new administration comes in, the first budget that they present is usually very important beca...
11/25/2020
Relief for the Vulnerable and Biden's First Budget

Bixby said, “Every time a new administration comes in, the first budget that they present is usually very important because it can set the tone and legislative agenda for the next four years.”
https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/relief-vulnerable-and-bidens-first-budget

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and Phil Sletten, senior policy analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

Facing the Future
11/25/2020

Facing the Future

Listen to/Watch the latest #FacingTheFuture, "Relief for the Vulnerable and Biden's First Budget." Click here: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/relief-vulnerable-and-bidens-first-budget.

The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Policy Director, Tori Gorman and Phil Sletten, senior policy analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute discuss how the most #VulnerablePopulations in #NewHampshire have been impacted by the #Pandemic, why the #FirstBudget of a new presidential administration is important and the latest on the Congressional #Appropriations process, #COVID19 relief and #EconomicData.

After Covid-19, attention will inevitably shift back to longer-term health care issues such as coverage, quality and cos...
11/19/2020
Health Care Costs: The Federal Budget's Pre-Existing Condition

After Covid-19, attention will inevitably shift back to longer-term health care issues such as coverage, quality and costs that pre-existed the pandemic.

How should policymakers address these issues and how has the pandemic affected the policy options?

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the nation’s health care system. Much of that attention has understandably been devoted to strategies for combating the virus, which has infected more than 11 million Americans, caused over 247,000 deaths, devastated the economy and contributed to a b...

Facing the Future
11/18/2020

Facing the Future

The latest #FacingTheFuture is here, "Involuntary Exit: COVID's Impact on Working Moms." Listen to and watch here: https://www.concordcoalition.org/…/involuntary-exit-covids-….

The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Policy Director, @Tori Gorman, economist Diane Lim and journalist and podcast host Katherine Goldstein join the show to discuss multiple-job holders in the labor force and their impact on the #economy, with a focus on #women and #mothers in the #workforce and how they are being affected by the #pandemic.

Congress & the President face a crowded agenda filled with urgent policy deadlines. Some predict continued gridlock, but...
11/12/2020
Gearing Up for Gridlock

Congress & the President face a crowded agenda filled with urgent policy deadlines. Some predict continued gridlock, but a number of action-forcing events will require cooperation or the risk of economic calamity. Read more from Tori Gorman by clicking below.

As an eager nation waits for state officials to certify results of the 2020 elections, Congress and the president (both this year’s and next) face a crowded agenda filled with urgent policy deadlines. While some political strategists predict continued gridlock, a number of action-forcing events wi...

IN ONE HOUR: Health Care Costs: The Federal Budget's Pre-Existing ConditionControlling the virus is first and foremost a...
11/11/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Health Care Costs: The Federal Budget's Pre-Existing Condition. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

IN ONE HOUR: Health Care Costs: The Federal Budget's Pre-Existing Condition

Controlling the virus is first and foremost a public health issue, but it is also an essential element of any plan to revive the economy and stabilize the budget. Join us for the discussion!

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the nation’s health care system. Much of that attention has understandably been devoted to strategies for combating the virus, which has infected more than 8.5 million Americans, caused over 225,000 deaths, devastated the economy and contributed to a ...

This week's Facing the Future discusses what's in store for fiscal and economic policy during the next four years. Check...
11/04/2020

This week's Facing the Future discusses what's in store for fiscal and economic policy during the next four years. Check it out!

"The Next Four Years: Challenges and Opportunities" is the latest #FacingTheFuture episode. LISTEN (AND WATCH) HERE: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/next-four-years-challenges-and-opportunities.

The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and Policy Director Tori Gorman discuss the #fiscal and #economic challenges facing the #President and #Congress over the next four years as well as action-forcing events on #fiscalpolicy.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the domestic economy grew 7.4 percent from the previous quarter – a sharp ...
10/29/2020

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the domestic economy grew 7.4 percent from the previous quarter – a sharp reversal from the 9 percent decline in Q2.

It was the fastest growth rate since the government began to track quarterly GDP data in 1947. But the economy still hasn’t fully bounced back from the previous decline. Economic activity is still $670 billion, or 3.5 percent below where it was at the end of 2019.

Read More:
https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/q3-gdp-not-yet-back-normal

Check out this week's Facing the Future, featuring experts from the Urban Institute and Information Technology and Innov...
10/28/2020

Check out this week's Facing the Future, featuring experts from the Urban Institute and Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, "Pro-Growth Workforce Training, Federal R&D."

"Pro-Growth Workforce Training, Federal R&D" is the latest #FacingTheFuture episode. LISTEN (AND WATCH) HERE: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/pro-growth-workforce-training-federal-rd.

Urban Institute Fellow, Robert Lerman, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Rob Atkinson, and The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Bob Bixby, discuss how #workforce investment and #training and federal #researchanddevelopment can improve workforce #productivity and long-term #economicgrowth.

The Concord Coalition is introducing a new series called "Back to Basics," which will provide brief answers to frequentl...
10/23/2020
Frequently Asked Questions | The Concord Coalition

The Concord Coalition is introducing a new series called "Back to Basics," which will provide brief answers to frequently asked questions about federal fiscal policy. Please submit Qs to [email protected].

FAQ: Debt vs. Deficits QUESTION: The terms “debt” and “deficit” are used frequently in discussions of federal government finance. What’s the difference between the two? ANSWER: The federal deficit measures the amount by which government spending (outlays) exceeds its revenues (taxes, fees,...

Only Bob Bixby could say farewell to TaB and call for renewed efforts to get our fiscal house in order in the same blog....
10/23/2020
Unsustainable Tab

Only Bob Bixby could say farewell to TaB and call for renewed efforts to get our fiscal house in order in the same blog. Check it out here:

Last Friday we got the sad news that Coca-Cola would stop making TaB, its venerable diet cola that had been around since 1963. Ironically, that same day, we also got some news about a very different kind of tab. According to the Treasury Department, the federal budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2020 am...

This week's Facing the Future features Douglas Holtz-Eakin from the American Action Forum and discusses pro-growth, lega...
10/21/2020

This week's Facing the Future features Douglas Holtz-Eakin from the American Action Forum and discusses pro-growth, legal immigration reform. Check it ou!

"Pro-Growth, Legal Immigration" is the latest #FacingTheFuture episode. LISTEN (AND WATCH) HERE: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/pro-growth-legal-immigration.

President of the American Action Forum and former Congressional Budget Office Director, Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and Policy Director, Tori Gorman discuss how legal #immigration reform fits into the long-term #economicgrowth conversation, as well as how the #pandemic has impacted the #economy and the nation's #fiscal health.

On October 7, a fly nestled in Vice President Pence’s hair during a televised debate with Kamala Harris, the Democrats’ ...
10/14/2020
Debate the Debt

On October 7, a fly nestled in Vice President Pence’s hair during a televised debate with Kamala Harris, the Democrats’ nominee for Vice President.

The fly got a lot more attention than the deficit.

On September 30, the federal government ended fiscal year 2020 with a budget deficit of $3.1 trillion. At an estimated 15.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), it was the largest deficit since 1945. On October 7, a fly nestled in Vice President Pence’s hair during a televised debate with Kama...

Check out this week's Facing the Future, featuring Marc Goldwein from the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget, "P...
10/14/2020

Check out this week's Facing the Future, featuring Marc Goldwein from the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget, "Pro-Growth Social Security Reform."

"Pro-Growth Social Security Reform" is the latest #FacingTheFuture episode. LISTEN (AND WATCH) HERE: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/pro-growth-social-security-reform.

Senior Policy Director at the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget, Marc Goldwein, The Concord Coalition's Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and Policy Director, Tori Gorman discuss Goldwein’s paper on #ProGrowth #SocialSecurity reform and how it might need to be adapted in the post-#COVID era, how #PresidentialCandidates are approaching #FiscalPolicy right now and the status of pandemic-relief legislation negotiations in #Congress.

Catch up on the latest @FacingTheFuturePodcast & other recent episodes. This week, experts from Committee For a Responsi...
10/10/2020
Post-Pandemic Health Care Reform

Catch up on the latest @FacingTheFuturePodcast & other recent episodes. This week, experts from Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget & American Enterprise Institute discussed health policy in, "Post-Pandemic Health Care Reform." Listen/Watch, here:

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by Joe Antos, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Josh Gordon, director of Health Policy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and Concord’s Executive Director, Bob Bixby.

The President and #Congress must work together and act on behalf of a fragile economy that appears to be stalling out at...
10/08/2020
Trump Tanks COVID Talks As Job Growth Slows

The President and #Congress must work together and act on behalf of a fragile economy that appears to be stalling out at an historically high level of unemployment. The longer additional support is delayed, the greater the risk of more permanent damage.

President Trump stunned politicos, investors, business groups, the media, and ordinary Americans alike earlier this week when, by executive tweet, he suddenly and unexpectedly withdrew from negotiations on a second major COVID relief package after weeks of shuttle diplomacy with Democrats by his sta...

Listen to this week's Facing the Future, "Post-Pandemic Health Care Reform!"
10/07/2020

Listen to this week's Facing the Future, "Post-Pandemic Health Care Reform!"

"Post-Pandemic Health Care Reform" is the latest #FacingTheFuture episode. LISTEN (AND WATCH) HERE: https://www.concordcoalition.org/blog-post/post-pandemic-health-care-reform.

Joe Antos, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Josh Gordon, director of Health Policy at the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget, and The Concord Coalition’s Executive Director, Bob Bixby, discuss #HealthCare #Policy #Reform with long-term #EconomicGrowth and the #Pandemic in mind.

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Thank you for common sense. Can you deliver some of this to Congress?
Believe you are dead right on need control healthcare costs. Need large discussion of specifics. Let DNR mean DNR. Publicize bureaucrat and consruction expenses. Open the books in the local papers. Must be a little confrontational and T V oriented to get attention.
If medical technology and inventions to improve and add to the extension of living longer lives had not been achieved, then those of us over 65 would no longer be a burden to SS, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally funded 'safety net' programs (entitlements). The federal government’s financial problems are so large that all parts of the budget -- from entitlements to defense spending to tax breaks -- should be considered “on the table” for fiscal reform discussions.