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Urging the Super Committee to GO BIG

$4 Trillion and Beyond

The "Super Committee" has been charged with making recommendations that would reduce deficits by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, more is needed to fix the budget and put the debt on a sustainable path. In order to meaningfully address our nation's fiscal challenges, the Super Committee should go much further.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget along with the New America Foundation, the Concord Coalition, and the Bipartisan Policy Center held a forum that brought together political, economic, and business leaders from across the spectrum to discuss the path ahead for the Super Committee and the reasons it should exceed their mandate and "Go Big."


Video of the entire event  is available on C-Span.org

Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Panel 1 -- Going Big: Why the Super Committee Must Exceed Its Mandate  (PANEL 1 VIDEO)

  • Erskine Bowles, Co-chair, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
  • Jim Nussle, Co-chair, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Former Director, Office of Management and Budget  
  • Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) invited
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)  
  • Dave Cote, CEO, Honeywell International 
  • Alice Rivlin, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office and Former Director, Office of Management and Budget     

Panel 2 -- Public Response and Special Interests: The Politics of Going Big   (PANEL 2 VIDEO)

  • John Spratt, Former Chairman, House Budget Committee
  • Pete Domenici, Former Chairman, Senate Budget Committee
  • Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development
  • Dave McCurdy, President and CEO, American Gas Association
  • Bill Novelli, Former CEO, AARP   
  • Andy Stern, Senior Research Fellow, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Panel 3 -- Deficits and Growth: The Political and Economic Picture Today and Tomorrow (PANEL 3 VIDEO)

  • Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) 
  • Governor John Engler, President, Business Roundtable
  • Alan Greenspan, Former Chair, Federal Reserve Board
  • David Stockman, Former Member of Congress and Former Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Jane Harman, President, CEO, and Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution and Former Member of Congress 


Event Time and Location

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Event Photos

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Video Clips

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A Big Problem Requires a Go Big Approach
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An Economic Threat, but Also an Opportunity to Promote Growth
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Will We Have the Political Will?