Fix the Debt officially launched its state chapter in Wisconsin in October to bring concerned individuals together and call lawmakers to address the ballooning national debt.
House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a budget agreement late Tuesday that will set federal spending levels for the next two fiscal years, replace some of the sequester cuts and reduce the deficit slightly. Far more still needs to be done to fix the debt, but this deal should be supported. We provide the tools for you to help.
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Updates From Wisconsinsee more »
17 June 2013 - "The ability of the U.S. to be competitive in the global market and support high and rising living standards for their U.S. employees will be severely eroded. Furthermore if we don’t change course, we will reach a point — estimated by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget to be in 2031 — where the cost of mandatory spending on entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security and interest on the national debt will consume all available federal revenue. Under this scenario, there will be no money for critical investments in the future such as education and R&D and no money for other day-to-day functions of government that we take for granted — such as national security. That would be a disaster..."
12 December 2013 - Today the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Bipartisan Budget Act, the legislation implementing the budget deal reached by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The bipartisan 332-94 vote included a majority of both Republican and Democratic members. The bill now moves on to the Senate, which will vote next week.
11 December 2013 - House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a budget agreement late Tuesday that will set federal spending levels for the next two fiscal years, replace some of the sequester cuts and reduce the deficit slightly. Far more still needs to be done to fix the debt, but this deal should be supported. We provide the tools for you to help.
05 December 2013 - With just over a week before the December 13 deadline to report a deal, negotiators reportedly are closing in a budget agreement.
26 November 2013 - Americans are becoming increasingly frustrated with the inability of Washington to get anything done. Perhaps policymakers will become inspired as they watch the big games this week.
Why it matters
"It's going to take strong will, effective leadership, and a renewed spirit of bipartisanship from our leaders in Washington to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time. The time for action is now if we're to…Ambassador Tony Garza
The pressure is on Congress to address our growing debt if we want to avoid the fiscal cliff. Congress has to address this now – there is no time to wait. It is time for our elected leaders to…Harry Prestanski
Our country stands as a beacon of liberty and hope for people around the world. I care because I’m afraid of a world where these values are diminished because of our government’s inability to function. Fiscal stability and responsible…Michael Taylor
"As a businessman and former elected official, I am worried about Congress’ ability to reach a national debt deal. If we continue to ignore this growing problem, our economy will suffer the consequences. We can expect slower growth, lower…Rick Bennett