Social Security remains one of the most controversial policy problems on the legislative agenda. Although many experts agree that the program is headed for crisis, Congress simply cannot find enough focus to examine the problems, sift through the solutions and reach a consensus on how to protect Social Security. The question is not whether the program will need repair, but what kinds of repairs Congress can bear.

On Friday, September 21, 2007 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the question will be addressed in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rayburn Office Building, Room B-318. Three papers will be presented by the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University, which is housed at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU. The authors are three of the leading scholars in the field - former White House aides and Brookings Institution scholars Jason Furman and William Galston, and RAND scholar Steven Popper.

  • WHAT: “Legislating for the Future: Social Security,” a forum on Congress and how it can address the uncertain future of Social Security.
  • WHO: Jason Furman, Senior Fellow and Director of The Hamilton Project, The Brookings Institution; William Galston, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; and Steven Popper, Senior Economist, RAND; and Paul Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU, and Founder, The Congressional Decisionmaking Project: Legislating for the Future.
  • WHEN: Friday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318, Washington, D.C.

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The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress - at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University — seeks to advance the understanding of Congress (its powers, processes and political character) among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public. It is named for its founder, the former U.S. Representative from Indiana (1959-81) and President Emeritus of New York University (1981-1992).

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