2019 Fiscal Summit: Building America's Future | Peter G. Peterson Foundation


2019 Fiscal Summit Video

Building America’s Future

Americans care deeply about the future of our country. We aspire to live in a nation with widespread opportunity, a positive leadership role in the world, and a bright future for generations to come.

Amid the debate over national priorities, one thing is certain: to build America’s future, our nation will need significant resources. Fiscal sustainability is critical to meeting our challenges over the long term — it represents the foundation for our ability to address the needs and ambitions of our society.

However, there is real concern across America that we are not on the right course. Now and over the coming decades we face many critical, interconnected challenges, including: rising inequality, unaffordable healthcare, a changing climate, faltering infrastructure, failing education, and new and unpredictable security threats. Americans’ concerns about these issues are rising, while our fiscal condition and ability to address them are falling.

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2019 Fiscal Summit: Building America’s Future brought together leaders, experts and policymakers to discuss how to build a sustainable fiscal future to put America on a path for prosperity, leadership and growth. Our nation’s future is at stake, and we owe it to coming generations to set a stronger, smarter and more responsible foundation for the future of America.

2019 Fiscal Summit Materials

Building America's Future

Americans overwhelmingly agree that managing our debt is a key part of our ability to address a range of complex, interconnected challenges affecting our nation’s future.

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Solutions Initiative 2019

Leading policy organizations from across the political spectrum put forward comprehensive plans to put America on a stronger, more sustainable fiscal path.

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2019 Press Release

“Concerns about our nation’s most pressing challenges are rising, while our ability to address them is falling,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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Participant Biographies

See the full schedule and panel descriptions for the 2019 Fiscal Summit.

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This set of charts frames the fiscal outlook within a broad economic, political, and demographic context.

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Read the bios for all of the speakers and moderator appearing at the 2019 Fiscal Summit.

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2019 Fiscal Summit

Building America's Future

The tenth-annual Fiscal Summit convened voices from across the political and ideological spectrum to explore the connection between fiscal sustainability and America’s ability to meet its most critical challenges.

2018 Fiscal Summit

Debt Matters

The ninth-annual Fiscal Summit convened voices from across the political and ideological spectrum to examine the urgent need for a fiscal reset that puts America on a sustainable course for economic growth and prosperity.

2017 Fiscal Summit

Rising Debt in a Changing Economy

The 2017 Fiscal Summit convened leading voices and policymakers from across the political spectrum to discuss the legislative agenda, its connection to our growing national debt, and solutions to put us on a better path.

2016 Fiscal Summit

Leadership for a Secure Future

The 2016 Fiscal Summit provided a national platform for essential election-year conversations.

2015 Fiscal Summit

Opportunity for America

With progress made, but serious work still to be done, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation held its sixth-annual Fiscal Summit, titled "Opportunity for America" on May 19, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

2014 Fiscal Summit

Our Economic Future

The 2014 Fiscal Summit explored what we, as a nation, have to gain if we act now to strengthen our fiscal foundation; promote a growing, thriving economy; and ensure that our future isn’t diminished by our past.

2013 Fiscal Summit

Facing the Future

Despite a challenging political environment, the opportunity remains for the U.S. to solve its long-term debt problem and position the nation for future economic success and a continued leadership in the world.

2012 Fiscal Summit

America's Case for Action

With a national election that fall, and critical fiscal deadlines at the end of the year, policymakers faced a prime opportunity to set America on a fiscally sustainable path.

2011 Fiscal Summit

Solutions for American's Future

By convening leaders from across the ideological spectrum to discuss concrete budget plans, the 2011 Summit was an important step in working toward bipartisan fiscal solutions that help preserve the American Dream for future generations.

2010 Fiscal Summit

America's Challenge and a Way Forward

The Fiscal Summit brought together hundreds of prominent stakeholders from across the political spectrum with diverse ideas on how to address critical fiscal issues, while continuing to meet the priorities of the American people.