Fix the Debt participated in forums across Florida on Monday. The events educated attendees about the dangers of rising debt, encouraged people to explore the choices necessary to put the country on a fiscally sustainable course, and highlighted the bipartisan support for reform.
On Tuesday Fix the Debt will launch a national advertising campaign calling on policymakers to end the gamesmanship and solve our short- and long-term budget problems. The ads feature Fiscal Commission co-chairs, and Fix the Debt co-founders, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson and will include television, digital, and outdoor ads in select markets throughout the country.
Serious talks among policymakers to resolve the government shutdown and the debt ceiling finally began on Thursday, offering hope that at least a short-term resolution could be achieved soon.
On Monday, Members of Congress will return to Washington from their August Recess with a long list of fiscal issues with which to contend. Congress and the White House only have nine legislative days in September to make headway on the sequester, the expiration of funding for the government, and the approaching debt ceiling, in addition to legislation pertaining to U.S. action in Syria and a number of other high-stakes issues. To encourage bipartisan action in the best interests of the country, Fix the Debt is utilizing a crowd-speaking platform called Thunderclap to urge Congress to work together to overcome the country’s fiscal challenges.
"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..."