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Simpson, Bowles to Discuss Fixing the National Debt, Receive Mosbacher Award

November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013

Alan K. Simpson, former US senator from Wyoming, and Erskine B. Bowles, White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, will speak at the Bush School on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at 5:30 p.m.  The event is part of the ConocoPhillips White House Lecture Series presented by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy.

Simpson and Bowles co-chaired the 2010 National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform—an innovative, bipartisan effort to solve the national debt problem. Andrew Card, also a former White House chief of staff, will moderate a discussion about why Washington failed to adopt their solution and what can be done now to fix this ever-increasing and critical national problem.

During the event, Senator Simpson and Mr. Bowles will receive the Good Governance Award, presented by the Mosbacher Institute.  The award recognizes exemplary public service and raises the visibility of advanced analysis in policymaking. The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service was founded in 2009 to produce policy-oriented research in trade, energy, and good governance.

Simpson served as senator from Wyoming from 1979 to 1997.  Known as a conservative and an opponent of government regulation, Simpson is also recognized as an outspoken advocate of equal rights for all citizens.  Bowles is a businessman and political figure from his home state of North Carolina. He served as White House chief of staff from 1997 to 1998, and from 2005 to 2010, as president of the University of North Carolina System.  Bowles and Simpson now co-lead the Fix the Debt Coalition, a grassroots campaign, which mobilizes key communities to address the nation’s fiscal challenges.

The lecture is open to the public, but reservations are required by January 27, 2014. Please contact the Bush School by phone at 979.845.1927 or by e-mail at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).