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President & CEO David Walker discussed why the President should establish a fiscal commission by Presidential Order now that Congress has defeated the amendment that would have created a statutory commission.
The Congressional Budget Office released its 2015 Long-Term Fiscal Outlook, which projects that by 2040, federal debt will climb to over 100 percent of GDP under current law and could reach 175 percent of GDP under less optimistic assumptions.
Now that the hard-fought election is over, lawmakers face a series of pressing fiscal and budgetary issues in the New Year. America’s leaders have an opportunity to show leadership in early 2017 by addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges.
Michael Peterson writes an op-ed in Roll Call about the fiscal issues that plague the U.S. in the new year.
A statement about the National Commission on fiscal responsibility and reform.
The Peterson Foundation cited new projections which demonstrate that $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction that fails to address the fundamental drivers of our growing debt will not stabilize the level of debt relative to the economy, which is the real test of any long-term fiscal plan.