The Concord Coalition honored five individuals last week with the 2013 Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award: Former Federal Reserve Vice Chair Dr. Alice Rivlin; former senators Sam Nunn, Pete Domenici and Bill Brock, and the late Rev. Bill Gray, who served as chairman of the House Budget Committee.
Robert L. Bixby, Concord’s executive director, praised the recipients of this year’s award for showing a “profound dedication to making a better America for today and for future generations.” He said, “Although they come from different experiences and different political philosophies, each of our honorees tonight is a great American, and highly deserving of our recognition.”
Bixby also noted that all five honorees had been involved last year in the Strengthening of American project, a joint effort by Concord and a number of other organizations that included a series of high-profile forums on the nation’s fiscal challenges and their potential impact on everything from economic growth to national security.
Rivlin, Nunn, Domenici and Brock accepted the award at Concord’s annual dinner in Washington. Justin Gray, Rev. Bill Gray’s son, accepted on his father’s behalf.