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A Brighter Future

At the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, we believe that together we can secure a healthy, growing economy by addressing America's long-term fiscal challenges.

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Government Shutdown

The Shutdown Is Hurting Americans and the Economy

Since the shutdown began, about 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or are working without pay.

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Top 10 Reasons Why the National Debt Matters

At $21 trillion and rising, the national debt threatens America’s economic future. Here are the top ten reasons why the national debt matters.

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PGPF Fiscal Internship Program

College students can apply now for a paid summer internships in fiscal policy at some of the nation's most prestigious think tanks.

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Peter G. Peterson

Our Founder

Pete Peterson (1926–2018) established the Foundation to help solve the nation’s fiscal challenges and preserve the American Dream that he was so fortunate to have lived. We carry on his legacy with passion and pride.

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The Fiscal Challenge

$21,876,674,953,142.67 USD

America’s growing long-term debt affects economic growth and opportunities for future generations. It’s not a political or partisan issue — it’s simple math. With nearly 76 million baby boomers retiring and living much longer, combined with a highly inefficient healthcare system, and a tax code that fails to generate sufficient revenues, America finds itself with a very risky long-term fiscal outlook.

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Finding Solutions

We believe that by working together, we can create comprehensive, bipartisan solutions to address our fiscal challenges. We work to bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term fiscal solutions for a strong, healthy economy that transcend age, party lines, and ideological divides in order to achieve real results.

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What We’re Doing

We are a non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing awareness and accelerating action on America’s long-term fiscal challenges. We partner with like-minded organizations and experts to support innovative programs and projects that provide accurate, objective analysis, and promising fiscal solutions.

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What You Can Do

The time to act is now. Education is key — it’s critical that Americans understand what’s at stake and the tradeoffs that are needed to get our country back on a sustainable fiscal path to a growing economy. We also have to make a commitment to support our elected leaders from both parties who want to do the right thing.

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