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Jun 27, 2011

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson explain why our country needs a $4 trillion-plus deficit reduction package, and how leaders in Washington can get it done in two parts -- with step one being an increase in the debt ceiling and a serious down-payment.

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Jun 2, 2011

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson explain why the Gang of Six is our last, best hope for a comprehensive bipartisan deficit reduction agreement in this Congress.

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Apr 21, 2011

Extreme partisanship has made it doubtful whether Congress will have the courage to forge a comprehensive, multiyear debt reduction plan. Postponing it, however, would be bad news for the country. Both parties should move toward achieving fundamental fiscal reform this year.

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Apr 21, 2011

With Tax Day falling on April 18 this year, Americans got a three day extension to file their income taxes. They needed it.

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Apr 14, 2011

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson explain what will be necessary in order for policymakers in Washington to come together and find a principled compromise on budget cuts.

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Feb 20, 2011

In the days since President Obama's budget was released, the general perception has been that the president rejected the recommendations of his fiscal commission, which we co-chaired, and that the opportunity for serious action on the deficit has been lost. To be sure, the president's budget doesn't go nearly far enough in addressing the nation's fiscal challenges. In fact, it goes nowhere close. But we see the cup as half-full - and think there is the real possibility that a bipartisan deficit reduction plan can make it to the president's desk by year's end.

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Feb 17, 2011

When the president appointed us to serve as co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, our goal was to put forward an honest plan that would start an adult conversation in Washington. We were encouraged that the president’s budget incorporated several of the specific proposals in our report and expressed the president’s interest in continuing the debate we began on tax reform and Social Security reform, while beginning a process that puts our nation back on sound financial footing. Now it is incumbent upon him and leaders in Congress to provide the leadership necessary to create an environment in which a serious discussion can occur.