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Join Pete Visclosky in interactive How Would You Balance the Budget forum

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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 in Merrillville.

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 them.”

“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 Congressman Visclosky.”

“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.”

Constituents who 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.


Posted 1/29/2013