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  1. July 14, 2013

    Simpson and Bowles are wrong on US debt

    Even before the 2008 crisis, America’s deficit hawks were warning the US was heading the way of Greece. They were wrong then...

  2. June 30, 2013

    US lobbyists rush to preserve tax benefits ahead of deadline

    Two powerful US senators have triggered a last-minute lobbying rush for companies seeking to protect their tax breaks after...

  1. April 18, 2013

    Bipartisan pair target $2.5tn US savings

    America’s leading deficit reduction cheerleaders – Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles – are set to release details of a $2.5tn...

  2. March 15, 2013

    Pathos for the masses

    A brutal and unaccommodating slice of social realism is coming to town. A new play at Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre promises...

  3. February 21, 2013

    The deal to avoid a US fiscal crunch

    Barack Obama might prefer to focus his energies on immigration, gun control and education. But it is the tax and spending...

  4. February 19, 2013

    Obama takes aim at ‘meat cleaver’ cuts

    President Barack Obama has warned Congress that $1.2tn in automatic spending cuts at the Pentagon and other government...

  5. February 19, 2013

    Renewed push on US deficit deal

    Alan Simpson, the folksy, outspoken former Republican senator from Wyoming, has a favourite quip about the impact of the...

  6. The World

    December 5, 2012

    The lighter side of the fiscal cliff

    Alan Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles Getty Images If there is one thing at which Washington does not excel (an admittedly...

  7. October 4, 2012

    CEOs missing in action in US fiscal battle

    Last year I listened to Erskine Bowles, the wisecracking Democrat who has campaigned for bipartisan fiscal reform, throw...

  8. August 2, 2012

    Altman backs Obama to tackle deficit

    Barack Obama is more likely to accomplish a deal with Congress to address the US’s long-term deficit crisis than rival Mitt...

  9. July 24, 2012

    US deficit-cutting duo step up mission

    When Erskine Bowles, a former White House chief of staff, stepped up to the podium of the National Press Club last week, he...

  10. April 18, 2012

    Senate to take up Simpson-Bowles deficit plan

    The centrist Democrat who chairs the Senate budget committee will present legislation on Wednesday to implement the...

  11. November 20, 2011

    Norquist blamed for supercommittee impasse

    With Washington reading the last rites for the congressional committee set up to identify budget savings, the person many...

  12. November 1, 2011

    Tax impasse threatens US deficit progress

    US lawmakers charged with crafting a deficit reduction agreement in the next three weeks remain deadlocked but fears that...

  13. August 1, 2011

    More fiscal warfare on the horizon

    A new round of fiscal warfare is in store for the US over the coming months as a new congressional committee is formed to...

  14. July 19, 2011

    Senators craft potential escape from default

    The move by a group of six senators – three Republicans and three Democrats – to offer a bipartisan plan to reduce US...

  15. April 6, 2011

    Ryan’s plan threatens hopes of consensus

    Maya MacGuineas, one of Washington’s leading fiscal hawks, says she has two different responses to the release this week of...

  16. February 14, 2011

    Cuts plan fails ‘green weenie’ test

    Deliverance: copies of Barack Obama’s budget proposal, with a deficit reduction of $1,100bn, arrive at Congress on Monday...

  17. February 6, 2011

    Obama to set example with budget cuts

    Barack Obama, US president, will propose cuts to favoured anti-poverty and environmental programmes. But Alan Simpson,...

  18. January 28, 2011

    Enlightened energy

    Roger L’Estrange and his wife Diane installed solar panels on the pergola at the bottom of their north London garden “If...

  19. January 26, 2011

    A good speech for another day

    Barack Obama’s speech was fine in its way, but the timing was wrong. The president worked the required themes of optimism...

  20. January 7, 2011

    The List: Stars playing themselves

    You’re no one in Hollywood these days unless you’ve played yourself at least once. It’s partly the last bulwark of the...

  21. January 3, 2011

    Rhetoric will not spur deal on US deficit

    If reality flows from rhetoric then 2011 should be the year of fiscal consolidation in the US. The US public tells pollsters...

  22. December 10, 2010

    White House pressed for plan to cut deficit

    The White House was facing pressure to present a detailed plan to address the dismal fiscal outlook in the US, following a...

  23. December 3, 2010

    Panel rejects US budget deficit proposals

    A sweeping plan championed by the leaders of a US commission charged with curbing the country’s mounting debts failed to...

  24. December 3, 2010

    Lockheed slams US defence cuts plans

    Lockheed Martin has hit out at a blueprint to cut US defence spending by $100bn in 2015, arguing that parts of the plan by...

  25. December 2, 2010

    US budget deficit plan faces rewrite

    A sweeping plan to cut US budget deficits by $3,900bn by 2020, proposed by the two heads of a bipartisan fiscal commission,...

  26. December 1, 2010

    US deficit plan faces taxing battle for support

    The US fiscal commission has issued its final proposal to shrink budget deficits by $3,900bn by 2020, but serious doubts...

  27. FT Alphaville

    December 1, 2010

    Budget commission delays final vote

    Leaders of the bipartisan commission to shrink US budget deficits delayed a final vote on their contentious plan until...

  28. December 1, 2010

    Budget commission delays final vote

    Leaders of the bipartisan commission to shrink US budget deficits delayed a final vote on their contentious plan until...

  29. November 30, 2010

    US deficit commission

    “America cannot be great if we go broke” is how Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the co-chairmen of the National Commission...

  30. November 24, 2010

    Democrats soften stance on budget proposals

    The US fiscal commission’s proposals to shrink the US budget deficit should be fully considered in the next Congress, Chris...

  31. November 19, 2010

    West Virginia ponders reality of budget cuts

    Stephen Smoot, a college history professor in the small rust-belt town of Keyser in the hills of West Virginia, says some...

  32. November 18, 2010

    US deficit: Choose your cuts

    Earlier this month, leaders of a presidential commission on the US deficit proposed nearly $4,000bn in cuts to politically...

  33. November 17, 2010

    US fiscal panel at odds over deficit cut plans

    The US fiscal commission’s ability to forge a consensus on measures to shrink the budget deficit has been complicated this...

  34. FT Alphaville

    November 17, 2010

    US fiscal panel members seek deficit vote

    Several members of the US fiscal commission are asking for a commitment from Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority...

  35. November 16, 2010

    US fiscal panel members seek deficit vote

    Several members of the US fiscal commission are asking for a commitment from Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority...

  36. FT Alphaville

    November 15, 2010

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Monday’s FT, Clive Crook: How Obama should curb the deficit This year Barack...

  37. November 14, 2010

    A helpful fiscal plan for America

    Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of the bipartisan commission appointed by Barack Obama to suggest ways of...

  38. November 14, 2010

    How Obama should curb the deficit

    This year Barack Obama, US president, appointed a bipartisan commission to look into ways of curbing public borrowing. Last...

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