Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Watch: Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America’s Threat from Within

Jan 14, 2020

FixUS, a project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, hosted "Bridging Our Divides: Confronting America's Threat from Within," a public forum bringing together Members of Congress, thought leaders, and reform activists for a series of discussions about the economic, political, and cultural causes of our growing national divisions. We also be unveiled Lessons from the Road on How to Heal Our Fractured Country. This report encompasses the findings from the FixUS Nationwide Roadshow and Listening Tour, which has held events in 27 states since 2018. 

The video is available below.

Introductory Remarks

  • Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, FixUS
  • Michael V. Murphy, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, FixUS

Panel #1: Root Causes of Division & Dysfunction

  • Tim Dixon, More in Common
  • Mickey Edwards, The Aspen Institute
  • Ashley Quarcoo, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Paul Stebbins, FixUS (Participant/Moderator)

Panel #2: Economic Factors & Policy Solutions

  • Melissa Kearney, University of Maryland
  • Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (Participant/Moderator)
  • Richard Reeves, The Brookings Institution
  • Will Wilkinson, Niskanen Center

Panel #3: Fixes to Address our Political Divide

  • Kahlil Byrd, Invest America (Participant/Moderator)
  • Kevin Kosar, R Street Institute
  • Nick Penniman, Issue One
  • Rachel Peric, Welcoming America


  • Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) 
  • Representative Tom Graves (R-GA)


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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