Concord Coalition

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The Concord Coalition is a political advocacy group in the United States, formed in 1992. A bipartisan organization, it was founded by U.S. Senator Warren Rudman, former Secretary of Commerce Peter George Peterson, and U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas. The Concord Coalition's advocacy centers on ending deficit spending and promoting a balanced budget in the U.S. federal government. The group's mission statement is to educate "the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America's unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth."[1]

Former Senator Bob Kerrey was named a co-chair of the Concord Coalition in January 2002. Robert L. Bixby has been the Executive Director of the Concord Coalition since 1999.[2]

Activities[edit]

Since 2006, the Concord Coalition has organized the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour, visiting cities to message to citizens and elected officials about the country's debt and fiscal future. Participants in the tour include representatives from The Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, The Progressive Policy Institute, and The American Enterprise Institute.[3] Former Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker serves as an advisor to the tour and participates in its public events.[4] The tour has visited college campuses and electoral campaign events to encourage Americans to demand action from their representatives in Congress regarding the growing national debt.

The group's executive director, Robert Bixby, has noted that the federal deficit "is not some abstract issue in Washington" and that it "has real-world consequences for what's going to happen in state and local governments."[5]

The Coalition's efforts to raise public awareness, with Bixby touring across the nation, plays a key role in the 2008 documentary film I.O.U.S.A.[6]

Board of directors[7][edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Concord Coalition Mission Statement". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Robert Bixby Biography". Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business. [dead link]
  3. ^ "National debt makes U.S. vulnerable, experts say". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 30, 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  4. ^ Montgomery, Lori (June 21, 2007). "Stumping for Attention To Deficit Disorder". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Concord Coalition pushes for deficit reduction". Seacoast Online. April 28, 2010. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  6. ^ "I.O.U.S.A. - The Movie". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". The Concord Coalition. 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 

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