CRFB Releases and Events
Update: Adam Looney of The Hamilton Project participated in today's chat in place of Bill Frenzel - still a very interesting read, check it out below!
Today at 12:30pm, former Congressman Bill Frenzel will be participating in a live chat to answer questions about the on-going budget negotiations. David Mark, senior editor at Politico, will moderate the discussion.
On March 10, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hosted a terrific event entitled America at a Crossroad: The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis. The event was made possible by the MacArthur Foundation. The purpose was to bring together the major stakeholders and experts on the issues of fiscal reforms, to discuss the benefits of early action to avert a fiscal crisis (whether sudden or gradual) and the calamitous effects a crisis would have on everyday Americans.
Two important events are lined up for today. First, the Senate Budget Committee will hear testimony from Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the President's Fiscal Commission.
Beginning at 9pm, President Obama will address the nation in second annual State of the Union address to Congress and the American public.
CRFB will be live tweeting the event on Twitter (@Budgethawks), providing insight into any statements on spending, revenues, deficits, and debt. We hope there will be many.
Also, be sure to check back to CRFB after the address as we will be posting a brief release on our take on the speech.
While all eyes (for now) are on the President's State of the Union address tomorrow night, the true test of President Obama's fiscal priorities will come in the FY 2012 President's Budget. Hopefully, we'll get a peek in his speech tomorrow night about what will be included in the FY 2012 budget. Today, CRFB released a statement of what we would like to see in that budget in order to put our country back on a sustainable fiscal path.
How do you want Washington to get our country's fiscal house in order?
CRFB's Fiscal Roadmap Project has just launched a new "Voices of America" video contest that will let you submit your own view about our fiscal problems and how you would solve them. With a $14 trillion debt and red ink as far as the eye can see, we want to hear from you on this important issue.
TV stars have the Emmys, athletes have the ESPYs, now budget wonks have a major award to call their own.