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GAO: Guardrails Needed for Long-Term Fiscal Policy

January 20th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office. They discuss the roles of the Comptroller General, the history of the GAO, some of GAO’s reports and tools relative to fiscal policy, as well as the importance of finding common ground in policymaking as the new Congress begins and Biden Administration takes office.

Reconciling Deficits

January 13th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future, Ben Ritz. They discuss how concerned the public and policymakers should be with federal budget deficits, a process known as reconciliation and how Congress might use it in the coming years, as well as PAYGO standards and COVID relief.

Narrow Margins Call for Compromise

January 6th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and former Congressman from Minnesota, Tim Penny. They discuss challenges facing the incoming Biden administration and the new Congress as we begin 2021, the importance of long-term fiscal responsibility, and U.S. House rules changes that affect PAYGO.

2020 Highlights: Looking Ahead and Finding Common Ground

December 29th, 2020

In a show featuring Facing the Future highlights from the latter half of 2020, Chase is joined in the first interview by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and Jon Lieber, managing director at Eurasia Group. They discuss the process and implications of policy making in a divided government, a potential reality for a new Biden administration. In the following interview, Chase is joined by Bob, Republican U.S. Senator from Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, and Democratic U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan. They discuss the bipartisan proposal on COVID-19 relief the Senators helped negotiate and co-author, which also served as the baseline in negotiations for the relief package that was recently signed into law.

Health Spans, Life Spans, and Health Care Costs

December 22nd, 2020

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and Richard Jackson, president and founder of the Global Aging Institute. They discuss Jackson's issue brief on whether health spans are keeping up with life spans, his third publication in a series titled "The Shape of Things to Come." They also discuss developments on COVID-19 relief legislation and Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations.

Senators Cassidy and Hassan Discuss Bipartisan COVID Relief

December 15th, 2020

Chase is joined on the show by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman. They discuss the bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation that Cassidy and Hassan co-sponsored and helped negotiate, including what's in the package, why the relief is important, the progress made by this bipartisan working group, and the future of this legislation.

Building Bridges for People and Policy

December 9th, 2020

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman, Concord's National Field Director, Phil Smith, Dr. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, and Kwanza Hall, Congressman for Georgia’s 5th District. They discuss economic trends, fiscal and monetary policy, what should be considered for the next COVID-19 relief package, as well as what it is like to serve in Congress and complete the term of legend and civil rights hero, the late Congressman John Lewis.

Busting Myths and Taking Gambles

December 1st, 2020

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future, Ben Ritz, and Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. They discuss Ritz’ article in Forbes, titled “How Deficits Could Cripple The Biden Agenda – And How He Can Overcome Them,” and Riedl’s article in the National Review, titled “Spending, Tax, and Deficit Myths Exposed.” 

Relief for the Vulnerable and Biden’s First Budget

November 24th, 2020

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and Phil Sletten, senior policy analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. They discuss how the most vulnerable populations in New Hampshire have been impacted by the pandemic, why the first budget of a new presidential administration is important and the latest on the congressional appropriations process, COVID-19 relief and economic data.

Involuntary Exit: COVID’s Impact on Working Moms

November 18th, 2020

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, Policy Director, Tori Gorman, economist Diane Lim and journalist and podcast host Katherine Goldstein. We discussed multiple-job holders in the labor force and their impact on the economy, with a focus on women and mothers in the workforce and how they are being affected by the pandemic.

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