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A Bipartisan Opportunity: Improving Retirement Security

KEYWORDS: DOUG HOLTZ-EAKIN, BILL HOAGLAND, SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE, SOCIAL SECURITY, ORRIN HATCH, JIM LOCKHART, KENT CONRAD, COMMISSION ON RETIREMENT SECURITY AND PERSONAL SAVINGS, JASON FURMAN

WHEN: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Capitol Visitor Center, First Street SE, SVC 200, Washington, DC, 20515

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Could a Republican congress and a Democratic president find consensus on retirement security?

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has a long record of crafting conservative public policy. Jason Furman, the chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, has championed the progressive priorities of the Obama administration. Yet both of these policymakers have shown the ability and willingness to work towards bipartisan consensus on major policy issues. While their specific proposals may differ, both want to encourage more Americans to save for retirement and strengthen Social Security for the seniors of today and tomorrow. Where can these two leaders on opposite sides of the aisle find common ground?

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and The Concord Coalition hosted a forum to hear these two leading policymakers, as well as two panels of experts from across the political spectrum, offer their thoughts on how we can improve retirement security. One panel focused on ways the current Congress, particularly with the upcoming exhaustion of the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, can strengthen the solvency of Social Security while improving benefits for those who depend most on the program. The second panel discussed how innovative policy solutions can promote expanded savings and retirement income.

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Keynote addresses by:

Senator Orrin G. Hatch
Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
@SenOrrinHatch
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Jason Furman
Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers
@CEAChair
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Special remarks by:

Senator Kent Conrad
Co-Chair, BPC Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings

James B. Lockhart III
Co-Chair, BPC Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings

Panel discussion on Social Security:

Jared Bernstein
Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
@econjared

Eugene Steuerle
Co-Founder, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
@EugeneSteuerle

Doug Holtz-Eakin
President, American Action Forum
@djheakin

Moderated by:

Robert L. Bixby
Executive Director, The Concord Coalition
@ConcordC

Panel discussion on private savings:

Judy Miller
Director of Retirement Policy, American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries

Christine Marcks
President, Prudential Financial

Karen Friedman
Executive Vice President, Pension Rights Center

Moderated by:

G. William Hoagland
Senior Vice President, BPC
@billhoagland

This event has been planned in accordance with the widely-attended event exception to congressional gift rules and government ethics memoranda.

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