Policy

Fix The Debt Packs Its Bags

Fix The Debt, the nonpartisan organization dedicated to addressing the country's massive $16 trillion debt, has shifted its focus from Washington, D.C., to the states in an effort to gain traction for agenda.

Rather than spend all of its time attempting to influence lawmakers Inside the Beltway, the group has launched a new campaign aimed at building support for its campaign to push Congress to tame the federal debt by attempting to sway voters where members serve.

The effort began last week with a Nashville, Tenn., event headlined by Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn. On Wednesday, Fix The Debt hosted an Indianapolis event that was joined by Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Ind. Rather than targeting members, Fix The Debt plans to host events in conjunction with them as it seeks to assemble grass-roots support for a bipartisan approach to debt reduction and structural changes to budgeting that would prevent future flareups.

  • Indiana — Small business tour (Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis) and debt discussion with Brooks
  • Arizona — Hosting a town hall with Republican Sen. Jeff Flake
  • Iowa — Small business tour and discussion with Republican Rep. Tom Latham
  • Michigan — A roundtable meeting with Democratic Rep. John D. Dingell
  • Utah — Small Business roundtable discussion with Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson and the Mayor of Salt Lake City Ralph Becker
  • Louisiana — Small business tour with Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy at the Committee of 100 for Economic Development in Baton Rouge
  • Tennessee — Event with the Nashville Rotary Club with Cooper