National Discussion to Find Solutions for the Federal Budget
Posted by espressodog on May 26, 2010
The rising national debt is the focus of mounting concern in Washington, D.C. and nationwide. AmericaSpeaks : Our Budget, Our Economy is holding a National Town Meeting across the country and online to address this topic.
On June 26, Americans will come together in cities and communities across the country to join an non-partisan discussion about our federal budget.
The nation is going to be making some tough choices in the years ahead in order to ensure that growing debt payments don’t crowd out our national priorities, such as enforcing our civil rights laws, providing paid parental leave, paid sick days, child care and other tools for work-life balance, supporting our women veterans as they transition from active duty to the civilian workforce and job training for women in the growing green economy.
Wouldn’t it be great if pay equity, work-life balance, women veterans, women in the green economy and other BPW Foundation priorities were part of that conversation. Well they can be if you participate! You can even sign up to host your own Community Conversation.
Thousands of people will weigh the options available and voice their priorities in facilitated discussions that are linked from location to location by satellite and webcast. Large Town Meetings are already planned in 19 cities, and anyone can host a Community Conversation locally. See the locations here.
What’s the impact of the National Town Meeting? The White House and Congress will subsequently receive a final report that synthesizes the input from the nation, from this discussion. Our nation’s lawmakers are committed to learning from outcomes of the meeting.
President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform recently met to begin to identify policies to help balance the Federal budget and reign in our national deficit that is projected to grow at an unsustainable rate. As the Washington Post reported, some members of this commission will participate in the AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy National Town Meeting this June.
As concern grows for the U.S. budget deficit and rising national debt, we need your help. Citizen involvement is vital to finding common ground and ensures that policy-makers make decisions that reflect the public’s real priorities. Would you like to help spread word about this unique opportunity to participate in finding common ground about the federal budget?
Get involved at www.usabudgetdiscussion.org.