Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform: Forum On Avoiding a Government Debt Crisis

Date: February 16, 2010

The Mayflower Hotel
East Room
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


In December, the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform released Red Ink Rising - An Approach to Stabilizing the Nation's Mounting Federal Debt. In this half-day policy forum we bring together the nation's leading experts to discuss the fiscal problems facing the country, the international and financial market issues involved, and whether the political system is equipped to tackle the challenges. Special keynoters will include David Walker, former Comptroller General of the U.S., and Thomas Hoenig President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

9:00 am - 9:10 am
Welcome:Charlie Stenholm* Co-Chair, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

9:10 am - 9:30 am
Defining the Fiscal Agenda
David Walker* President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, former Comptroller General of the U.S.
Maya MacGuineas* President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

9:30 am -10:20 am
In Search of a Fiscal Goal
Douglas Holtz-Eakin* President, American Action Forum
Rudolph Penner* Fellow, The Urban Institute
John Podesta President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Robert Reischauer* President, The Urban Institute

10:20 am - 11:10 am
What are the Markets Thinking - and Lessons from Abroad
Martin Baily Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Richard Berner Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Economics and Chief U.S. Economist, Morgan Stanley
Carlo Cottarelli Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund

11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Spinning Past the Politics
Clive Crook Senior Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
Jim Kolbe* Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund and former Member of Congress
Norm Ornstein Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Jamal Simmons Principal, The Raben Group

LUNCHTIME SPEAKER 12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
Knocking on the Central Bank's Door
Thomas Hoenig President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

* Members of the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform

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