About the Campaign

Fix the Debt is a nonpartisan organization that is educating Americans about rising national debt and how it will affect all of us. It is a project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget


We are mobilizing Americans from all backgrounds to urge policymakers to work together on a comprehensive solution that includes bipartisan government spending and tax reform.


U.S. debt is at its highest level since just after World War II. Perpetual $1 trillion dollar annual federal budget deficits on the horizon mean the debt could rise higher than it has ever been as a share of the economy in about a decade.


Debt at such levels will slow the growth of the economy and wages, make it more difficult to responds to challenges like a recession, and increase the likelihood of a fiscal crisis.


It is time to Fix the Debt: We Owe it to the Future.



Fix the Debt supporters from across the country at the U.S. Capitol during a Washington, DC visit.

Fix the Debt supporters from across the country at the U.S. Capitol during a Washington, DC visit.

Videos

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Our videos explain key concepts and show broad support for fixing the debt. 

Press Releases

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Our statements on key developments.

Press Releases

U.S. Debt Tops $22 Trillion for First Time

February 12, 2019


The U.S. Treasury confirmed today that the gross U.S. national debt topped $22 trillion for the first time in history yesterday, February 11, 2019. Figures published daily by the government show the gross debt at $22.013 trillion.


The following is a statement from the Campaign to Fix the Debt Co-Chairs Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell:


This milestone is another sad reminder of the inexcusable tab our nation’s leaders continue to run up and will leave for the next generation.


With deficits rising, and gross debt scheduled to increase by more than $1 trillion annually forever into the future, now is the time Congress must take action to put us on a more sustainable path.


The fiscal recklessness over past years has been shocking, with few willing to step up with a real plan. We need responsible leadership to fix the debt, not a worsening of partisanship.


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For more information, contact Patrick Newton at newton@crfb.org.

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Now Is the Time for Cooperation and Leadership

November 7, 2018


The following is a statement by the Co-Chairs of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, Governor Ed Rendell and Senator Judd Gregg:


With a new Congress comes a new opportunity to solve our nation’s  biggest problems. Our leaders now face a choice – partisanship or  progress.


We are entering this next year with surging and unsustainable levels of  debt ($21.7 trillion and climbing), and the new Congress just elected  will preside over the return of trillion-dollar deficits. 


The outgoing Congress passed legislation adding $2.4 trillion to the  debt over the next decade through unpaid-for tax cuts and spending  increases, and no progress was made on fixing our health and retirement programs. It is a problem the next Congress will not be able to ignore.


Our leaders need to acknowledge the tough choices ahead and level with the American people on our increasingly dangerous and out-of-control fiscal situation and what it will take to fix it.


Although we come from different parties, we are both Americans who want to continue the essential tradition of leaving the country better off  for the next generation. We cannot afford more partisanship and short-sightedness.


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For more information, contact Patrick Newton at newton@crfb.org.

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Debt to Double in 30 Years

June 26, 2018


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its Long-Term (30-year) Budget Outlook, which warns that our already historically high debt will rise from 77 percent of the economy today to 152 percent by 2048 under current law, and much more if various expiring policies are  continued.


The following is a statement from the Campaign to Fix the Debt Co-Chairs Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell:


Congress continues to focus more on the next election than the next generation. CBO has shown us today the dangers of continuing to ignore the long term.


Debt is on track to exceed the size of the economy by 2031 and reach a new record of 107 percent of the economy by 2034. In three decades, CBO projects debt will double to 152 percent of the economy.


This level of debt would be unprecedented. It would reduce incomes, increase interest rates, raise federal debt service payments, and it would surely be unsustainable.


Meanwhile, Social Security and Medicare are both on course toward insolvency in the next 14 years. It’s all a recipe for fiscal disaster.


There is still time to avoid the crisis scenario CBO projects, but waiting  until the last minute won’t work. Congress should come up with a plan now to put the debt on a downward path and protect current and future generations.


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For more information, contact Patrick Newton at newton@crfb.org.

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Campaign to Fix the Debt Co-Chairs on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Annual Reports

June 5, 2018


The Social Security and Medicare Trustees released their annual reports today detailing the financial state of the programs, and the picture is  increasingly grim.


The following is a statement by the Co-Chairs of the Campaign to Fix the Debt Governor Ed Rendell and Senator Judd Gregg:


Numbers  don’t lie, and demographics don’t either. The Trustees’ reports show in black and white what we all already know – Social Security and Medicare  are running out of reserves.


The latest projection shows that Medicare Hospital Insurance will be  insolvent in 2026, Social Security Disability Insurance in 2032, and the Social Security retirement program in 2034.
 

On a combined basis, the Trustees now show Social Security is already  running deficits, even including interest, and the Social Security trust fund will deplete its reserves by 2034. At that point, Social Security will not be able to make scheduled payments in full and all  beneficiaries will face an across-the-board benefit cut of 21 percent, no matter age or need.
 

Social Security and Medicare face significant funding challenges that  soon will become funding crises. The longer we wait to fix these programs, the more severe any adjustments will be and the less time will be available for policymakers to phase in solutions and for workers to prepare.
 

Policymakers must not wait until the 11th hour to fix Social Security, and instead they should work together – through the regular process or a  bipartisan commission – to develop a comprehensive plan to make Social  Security solvent for the next 75 years and beyond.
 

Meanwhile, they should aggressively and continuously pursue improvements to slow the growth of Medicare and overall health spending.
 

Nearly all Americans rely on these important programs – we cannot let them fall into a fiscal spiral.


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For more information, contact Patrick Newton at newton@crfb.org.

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Trillion-Dollar Deficits Making a Comeback

April 9, 2018


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Budget and Economic Outlook for the next decade on Monday, which warned that our fiscal  situation is worsening rapidly. Under current law, our already  historically high debt will rise from 77 percent of the economy today to 96 percent by 2028. Under CBO’s Alternative Fiscal Scenario, debt will rise to 105 percent of the economy.


The following is a statement from the Campaign to Fix the Debt Co-Chairs Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell:


Our nation’s debt is headed toward a tipping point. CBO projects indefinite  trillion-dollar deficits will return in just two years, and debt could exceed the economy in just over a decade or perhaps sooner. Today’s report also projects that all major trust funds – including Social  Security – will become insolvent within the next 13 years. Anyone who argues this course can continue is living with blinders. 


CBO’s annual report is a reminder that the situation is getting worse, not better, and the day of reckoning is fast approaching. Lawmakers need to stop the digging and come up with a plan now to put our debt on a downward path that can be phased in over time. Waiting until the 11th  hour means choices that are much more difficult if not unimaginable.


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For more information, contact Patrick Newton at newton@crfb.org.

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National Debt Crosses Historic Milestone

 September 12, 2017


Our nation has experienced a historic fiscal milestone as gross national debt eclipsed the $20 trillion mark for the first time in  history. The following is a statement from the Campaign to Fix the Debt's Co-Chairs Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell:


President Trump spent much of the campaign warning about our $20  trillion debt; we have now officially hit that frightening milestone.


The United States now holds more gross debt than at any time in  history, and our debt held by the public is a larger share of the economy than at any time since World War II.


With deficits rising, interest costs growing, and major trust funds  headed toward insolvency, it’s time for our leaders to build a plan.


We should use this frightening $20 trillion milestone as a turning point when leaders put fixing the debt ahead of political priorities and  work together to put our debt on a sustainable path, so we can grow the economy and improve the economic well-being of the American people.


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For more information, contact Patrick Newton at newton@crfb.org.

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Videos

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Why the National Debt Matters.

Tax Expenditures: Spending Through the Tax Code.

What Will Our Legacy be on Reducing National Debt?

Simpson and Bowles Urge Action to Fix the Debt.

Americans Speak Out

Voters Want Washington to Fix the Debt.

We the People Say: Fix the Debt.

Listen to the People and Fix the Debt.