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2006.08.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Concord Coalition Official, Former Congressmen Will Address National Debt Issue

Omaha - The national policy director for the Concord Commission and three former Nebraska congressmen will be the featured speakers and presenters at a free public event that will address the growing federal budget deficit.   The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the meeting on Sunday, Aug. 20, starting at 3 p.m. on campus at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni House, 67th and Dodge streets.

CPACS hosted a major Concord Coalition event in Nebraska, the Coalition's Fiscal Wake-up Tour, last spring that brought hundreds of people to UNO.  The upcoming event is a follow-up to that, said R.K. Piper, coordinator for research and development for the CPACS Nebraska Policy Choice Office.

"The issue of the federal deficit is one that crosses political lines and impacts both the local Nebraska and national economies," Piper said.  "We know from last April that not only policymakers, but the general public is very interested in learning more about what can be done to improve the fiscal policy of the country."

The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to informing the public about the need for generationally responsible fiscal policy.  Former U.S. Sens. Warren B. Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as co-chairs of the Concord Coalition.

Ed Lorenzen, the national policy director for the Concord Coalition, will represent the organization at the Aug. 20 event.  Lorenzen worked on Capitol Hill for 14 years, focusing primarily on fiscal and economic policy before joining the commission in 2005.

The three former Nebraska congressmen, all from Nebraska's second congressional district, slated to attend include John Cavanaugh (served 1977-81), Hal Daub (1981-89) and John McCollister (1971-77).

"Getting this group together shows how important the issue of fiscal responsibility is," Piper said.  "Cavanaugh served as a Democrat; Daub and McCollister served as Republicans.  They all see the national debt as something that needs more attention."

For more information, call (402) 554-6065.  The Concord Coalition Website is www.concordcoalition.org.

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