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Providing Help Where It’s Needed Most

February 10th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Ben Gitis, a senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Economic Policy Project, Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, and Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman. They discuss policies aimed at helping workers and families, as well as the latest on COVID-19 relief legislation and the budget process.

Shape of Things to Come: Five Imperatives for Policymakers

February 3rd, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Richard Jackson, president of the Global Aging Institute, and Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby. They discuss the fourth issue brief in GAI and Concord's series, "The Shape of Things to Come." The brief is titled “Five Imperatives for an Aging America."

Senators Kerrey and Danforth: Bipartisanship and “Regular Order” Needed in Congress

January 26th, 2021

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and former U.S. Senators Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and Jack Danforth (R-MO). They discuss bipartisanship, leadership, and rebuilding the economy in a fiscally responsible manner after the nation brings the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

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.

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