Convening policymakers and thought leaders to address our nation's long-term fiscal and economic challenges

The Peter G. Peterson Foudnation's Fiscal Summit is the premier annual gathering dedicated to addressing our nation's long-term debt and improving our economic future.

The Fiscal Summit debuted in 2010 and is a key event for the Foundation to build consensus and support for putting America on a sustainable long-term fiscal path.


Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ)
Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Member, Senate Finance, Banking and Budget Committees

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
House Democratic Leader

Representative Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD)
House Minority Whip

Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means
Chairman, Joint Committee on Taxation

Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Commitee on Appropriations
Chariman, Subcommittee on Military Constuction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Michael Mullen, USN (Ret.)
17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
President-Designate of American University

22nd U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Joshua Bolten
President and CEO, Business Roundtable

Former White House Chief of Staff to U.S. President George W. Bush

James Capretta
Resident Fellow and Milton Friedman Chair

American Enterprise Institute

James Furman
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

28th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

Dr. Atul Gawande
Surgeon, writer, and public health researcher

2017 Fiscal Summit

May 23rd in Washington, D.C.

Rising Debt in a Changing Economy

America faces the dynamic combination of an evolving economy, a crowded legislative agenda, and an unsustainable fiscal outlook. As Congress and a new administration explore major changes in key areas — healthcare, taxes, infrastructure, trade, and more — our fiscal condition remains as important as ever.

With many reforms on the table, one issue impacts all the others: our unsustainable national debt. America’s fiscal outlook is connected to all these issues because our growing debt threatens our economy and weakens our ability to address our most important budget priorities.

All of the major reform proposals will impact, and are impacted by, the national debt. Given that 70 percent of the spending growth in our major entitlement programs is for healthcare, addressing the U.S. healthcare system is essential to improving our fiscal outlook. Tax reform can have a significant and direct effect on our fiscal path — making it far better, or far worse. If there is agreement that we need to address our infrastructure, how will we find the resources to pay for it — now and in the future — if we allow debt and interest costs to grow? How will America’s workforce meet the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization if the national debt harms economic growth and America’s leadership role in the world?

The 2017 Fiscal Summit will convene 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. The Summit will discuss the significant fiscal implications of current reform proposals, and examine the opportunities that exist to ensure policy solutions are sustainable, fiscally responsible, and supportive of economic growth.

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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.

A Guide to Complex Budget Processes

Understanding what’s happening on Capitol Hill requires an understanding of the Congressional budget process.


This series of infographics helps put some of today's most pressing fiscal debates in context.

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