U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, will participate in a forum entitled “How
Would You Balance the Budget,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11,
2013 in the Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Visclosky will be joining representatives of the Concord Coalition, a
nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to bipartisan fiscal solutions.
During the interactive event, constituents will work in teams of five to
seven using real Congressional Budget Office numbers and real proposals
advanced by Members of Congress to construct a mock federal budget plan and
work out solutions to the national debt. At the conclusion of the program,
Visclosky will host a brief question and answer session to hear how
constituents viewed the event.
“Now more than ever, it’s vital that citizens get involved with federal
budget issues,” said Phil Smith, national political director of the Concord
Coalition. “There are no easy answers. There are no silver bullet solutions.
This exercise will allow Indiana constituents to roll up their sleeves and
work hand in hand with their Congressman so that he can hear directly from
“Our country needs a strategic plan for our long-term fiscal challenges,”
Smith added. “This exercise gives citizens a chance to assemble their own
plan, to prioritize and make their own recommendations directly to
“The timing for this event was just right,” Visclosky said. “The vote on the
fiscal legislation at the start of the year left so many of our deepest tax
and spending issues unresolved. The next generation of Northwest Indiana
families deserves better than a Congress that uses short-term fiscal
band-aids to patch over the real issues we face. I hope that this event will
demonstrate not only how complex our fiscal issues are, but also that they
can be solved. All it takes is for us to make difficult choices, set
long-term priorities, and above all else, work together.”
wish to attend the event must RSVP before Friday, March 8, 2013 by calling
either the Merrillville office at (219) 795-1844 or the Washington, D.C.
office at (202) 225-2461.