Congress has been playing a dangerous game of chicken over how deeply to cut the federal budget. Middle-class tax cuts that both parties favored almost failed to pass as the two sides warred over tax breaks for the wealthy. Washington is gridlocked, and we don't mean the traffic. How will this push-pull of politics play out in the next year? Is there any hope of reaching bipartisan agreement on a handful of issues? Is Washington's inability to tackle policy change putting America's global leadership at risk? Does anything motivate the two parties besides campaign contributions? Why do Congress and the media keep ignoring the issues and solutions that are most important to the public? What will be the fallout from the Tea Party's ascendency and the protests in Wisconsin? Our annual dinner debate brings together leaders from both sides of the aisle to take America's political pulse.
Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells US LLP; former U.S. Senator
Harold Ford Jr.
Former Congressman; Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Professor, NYU Wagner School of Public Policy
Senior Fellow, Georgetown Public Policy Institute; former President, SEIU
Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock; former Congressman