November 1, 2014

Congress Ignores Simpson-Bowles Solution (Again)

February 26, 2013
The Macomb Daily

Excerpt

At the Concord Coalition, a bipartisan group that has been way ahead of the curve on budget issues for many years, the new Simpson-Bowles blueprint was endorsed as a “credible, responsible and comprehensive framework for addressing the nation’s growing debt burden.”

As the March 1 deadline for sequestration rapidly approaches, former Democratic senator Sam Nunn, a Concord Coalition co-chair said this:

“Some people on both sides of the aisle seem content to let a disaster hit, blame it on the other side, and then try to clean up the damage. Our nation can't continue to afford such political brinksmanship. Neither side is ever going to get 100 percent of what it wants no matter how many gimmicks are used to gain the upper hand in negotiations.”

Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, is trying to talk some sense into our lawmakers before allow implementation of a plan that everyone in Washington agrees is a bad approach.

“In last year’s Strengthening of America – Our Children’s Future initiative, undertaken with a number of other organizations, we found that bipartisan consensus is both essential and possible to achieve a fiscally sustainable plan to strengthen the economy, save future generations from rising debt, and protect the nation’s security. The new Simpson-Bowles framework is fully consistent with our conclusions,” said Bixby.