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Nuking the Filibuster: Be Careful What You Wish For

April 21st, 2021

When you're trying to pass legislation in Washington, rules matter. This week on Facing the Future we take a close look at one of the most controversial rules: the Senate filibuster. Our guest is David Schiappa of the Duberstein Group, who spent nearly three decades as a high-ranking Senate staffer providing advice and counsel to Republican leaders. We discuss the background of the filibuster and whether it might be eliminated. Tori Gorman, Concord's policy director leads the conversation. Then, I end the program with a few words about paying the bill for infrastructure.   

The Skinny on Biden’s Budget

April 14th, 2021

New presidents often put out a "skinny budget" early in their administration covering just a portion of federal spending. This week on Facing the Future, we look at President Biden's skinny budget with its $1.5 trillion request for fiscal year 2022 appropriations. Then we delve into a full range of economic and other challenges posed by population aging. Our guest is Richard Jackson, president of the Global Aging Institute.

Two Views: Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

April 7th, 2021

It's infrastructure week! No, really! This week on Facing the Future, we dove into President Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan. Bob was joined by Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute and Ben Ritz of the Progressive Policy Institute to help us "bridge" two different perspectives. 

The Question for Biden: How to Pay the Bills?

March 31st, 2021

On this Facing the Future, Bob was joined by experts from two of Washington's most respected think tanks. Jim Capretta, a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discussed how the Biden administration may pay for it's agenda. Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of several books including the recently published A New Contract with the Middle Class, joined later for a conversation that ranged from family support programs, tax policy, and the minimum wage.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat: Reconciliation

March 24th, 2021

On the latest Facing the Future we were joined by Jon Lieber, a Capitol Hill veteran of many important budget negotiations and the current Managing Director of the Eurasia Group and Tori Gorman, Policy Director of The Concord Coalition. We reviewed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the politics of immigration, and more.

Detailed Proposals and Fond Farewells

March 17th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, Concord’s Policy Director, Tori Gorman, Concord's National Field Director, Phil Smith, and Director of Health Policy for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Josh Gordon. They discuss COVID relief, PAYGO, sequestration, infrastructure investment, CRFB’s Health Savers Initiative, and more.

We Need a Strategic Plan

March 10th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by former Comptroller General of the United States, David M. Walker, Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, and Concord’s Policy Director, Tori Gorman. They discuss the latest COVID relief package, the idea of a Fiscal Sustainability Commission, and highlights from Walker’s latest book, which looks ahead to what America might look like in 2040.

Time to Put the Genie Back in the Bottle?

March 3rd, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and Bill Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center. They discuss the ongoing reconciliation process. Also during the program, an interview with Hamilton Project Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Wendy Edelberg, on COVID-19 relief proposals, which was recorded as part of a recent webinar.

Reconciling Differences: COVID Relief and Immigration Reform

February 24th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and former ambassador and immigration attorney, George Bruno. They discuss immigration reform, the ongoing reconciliation process in Congress, and COVID-19 relief.

Vaccine Distributors and Accountants

February 16th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Robin Abbott, CEO of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs, and Matt DiLoreto, vice president of state government affairs for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance. They discuss how the pandemic, recent changes in tax law, and COVID-19 legislation have impacted CPAs and the role of wholesalers in vaccine distribution, including bumps in the road, successes, and improvements.

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