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Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America’s Threat from Within

Jan 14, 2020

The United States is threatened by a paralyzed political system and growing cultural divide. Our mounting divisions are putting our nation at risk by preventing us from dealing responsibly with a range of critical threats and challenges facing us in the 21st century. This deterioration is reaching a point where we are losing trust and faith in our politicians, our institutions, and each other.

Please join us on the morning of Tuesday, January 14 for a public forum with thought leaders and reform activists who will examine the political, economic, and cultural root causes of our growing national divides and potential solutions. The event will feature the work of FixUS, a new project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Further event details and agenda to follow. We hope you can join us. Please register now as space is limited. Light breakfast will be served.

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Where and When:

  • Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Time: Registration and light breakfast at 8:30 am, program from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Location: Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC



  • Kahlil Byrd, Invest America
  • Tim Dixon, More in Common
  • Mickey Edwards, The Aspen Institute
  • Melissa Kearney, University of Maryland
  • Kevin Kosar, R Street Institute
  • Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; FixUS
  • Michael Murphy, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; FixUS
  • Ashley Quarcoo, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Nick Penniman, Issue One
  • Rachel Peric, Welcoming America
  • Richard Reeves, The Brookings Institution
  • Paul Stebbins, Chairman Emeritus World Fuel Services Corporation; FixUS
  • Will Wilkinson, Niskanen Center

Additional speakers to be announced

About FixUS: Soft launched early in 2019, FixUS is a new project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget based on the premise that America’s political divisions and dysfunction are preventing our nation from dealing with a range of critical challenges and threats. Rolling out in 2020, FixUS is not focused on the Committee’s traditional budget work. Rather, through a number of efforts and partnerships, FixUS seeks to better understand the political, economic, and cultural root causes of our divisions, to bring attention and visibility to these issues, to build support for necessary changes, and ultimately, to help regain the sense of shared aspirations, values, and a belief that there is more that unites us than divides us.  

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