Campaign to Fix the Debt Releases Citizens’ Plan

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“Citizens’ Plan to Fix the Debt” includes common sense ideas for elected leaders to find common ground on long-term budgetary issues.

On the heels of a government shutdown and a near catastrophic default, the Campaign to Fix the Debt has released “The Citizens’ Plan to Fix the Debt,” common sense solutions for our elected leaders in Washington to find common ground as they turn their focus to our long-term fiscal challenges.

Informed by conversations with Americans from coast to coast and from all walks of life, the “Citizens’ Plan” offers policy proposals that the recently-appointed budget conferees in Congress should take under advisement as they collaborate on ideas for budgetary sustainability in Fiscal Year 2014 and beyond.

“What the Citizens’ Plan represents is a combination of ideas that Americans broadly support, as long as the changes truly go toward fixing our debt,” said Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. “Over the next two months, as the budget conference committee meets, our elected leaders have a unique opportunity to do the right thing and put the country on a fiscally sustainable course. They would be wise to take their cue from the American people.”

Among the proposals upon which Americans broadly agree within the context of a comprehensive deficit-reduction agreement are: to strengthen health and retirement programs for future retirees and generations, to modernize the tax code to promote growth and reduce the deficit, to save Social Security, and to replace the sequester with more targeted, longer-term savings. The “Citizens’ Plan” calls on Congress to stop governing by crisis, start honest and open negotiations, and solve the problem by implementing the type of proposals found within the plan.

The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement asking lawmakers to work together on legislation large enough to stabilize and reduce the national debt as a share of the economy. Members come from a broad range of social, economic and political perspectives with the belief that America's growing debt burden threatens our future, and that we must address it now. The Campaign will mobilize key communities – including leaders from business, government, and policy – and people all across America who want to see elected officials step up to solve our nation's fiscal challenges.

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