Both the Democratic–controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House of Representatives have promised to produce federal budget proposals this year. This should provide the opportunity for Americans to compare two very different budget blueprints. While this is an important step in addressing our fiscal challenges, agreeing on a comprehensive deficit reduction plan will require both sides to compromise. Politicians will only compromise if their constituents tell them to.
Fortunately, there are ways to have your voice heard. New Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) just launched the “MyBudget” platform that allows Americans to share their stories about how the federal budget affects them, offer their priorities for the budget, and provide their ideas for responsibly putting the country on a sound course.
Fix the Debt has been offering a similar platform for months and we’ve heard from folks across the country about why they care about the national debt. A common theme is that Americans want their leaders to work together and enact a comprehensive plan that addresses the national debt in a smart way.
Our efforts are not just limited to the digital realm. We are also partnering with The Concord Coalition to convene a series of public forums around the country that will allow Americans to hear and share different viewpoints.
Make your voice heard. The opportunities are there and the stakes are high.