Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
- MICHAEL A. PETERSON President & Chief Operating Officer, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
A VISION OF THE FUTURE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW
- JUAN ENRIQUEZ CO-FOUNDER, SYNTHETIC GENOMICS INC. AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, EXCEL VENTURE MANAGEMENT
America and the world are changing rapidly. This requires policymakers to address today’s needs, while also maintaining a clear outlook on the future. The demand for technological and scientific innovation is rising and the way we connect and communicate with each other is undergoing a radical evolution. Trends in science and technology and social evolution all have important implications for fiscal policy and broader public policy. The ability of the U.S. to position itself to take advantage of new opportunities will be determined in large part by the decisions our leaders make — or fail to make — today. Will we have the resources to make critical investments in the public and private sector, or will rising debt and interest costs lead us to spend more on the past than on the future? How will Americans of tomorrow judge our response to the challenges and opportunities we see on the horizon? In this introductory presentation, futurist, researcher, and venture capitalist Juan Enriquez will offer his unique perspective on the future of our society — and underscore the challenges we have to confront as we prepare for the opportunities ahead.
A CHOICE BETWEEN TWO FUTURES
- PETE PETERSON Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
SHAPING AMERICA’S FUTURE: MAJOR TRENDS, NEW IDEAS,
AND BIG DECISIONS
- PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States
- BILL GATES CO-CHAIR AND TRUSTEE, THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
- TAMRON HALL Anchor, MSNBC’s NewsNation
President Bill Clinton and innovator and philanthropist Bill Gates will examine the most powerful trends facing the country, and consider how today’s policy decisions will shape the future of America. Developments in technology, global health, and the environment will have consequences for the economy and the way we live. Too few U.S. students are preparing to be the scientists, engineers, and innovators of tomorrow. Growing debt and interest payments could threaten to consume badly needed resources and crowd out key public and private investments. The U.S. has opportunities to continue to attract and develop the world’s top talent; to transform public policy so that the nation is prepared for its future and can maintain its competitiveness; and to build on our global leadership in commerce and humanitarianism, particularly in the nations of Africa, which have seen historic declines in poverty and whose progress could shape global markets in coming decades. How do we realize these opportunities, fuel global economic growth, and generate the resources to answer the challenges on the horizon?
EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY AND PROMOTING GROWTH:
THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN FISCAL POLICY
- IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
- SENATOR PATTY MURRAY (D-WA) Chairman, Senate Budget Committee
- REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN (R-WI) Chairman, House Budget Committee
- GENE SPERLING Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
- SENATOR ROB PORTMAN (R-OH) Former Member, Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction; Member, Senate Budget and Finance Committees
- REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD) Ranking Member, House Budget Committee
- CHUCK TODD NBC News Chief White House Correspondent; NBC News Political Director; Host, The Daily Rundown, MSNBC; Contributing Editor, Meet the Press, NBC News
The past two years of fiscal deadlines and deal-making resulted in some short-term savings, but did not achieve a comprehensive agreement to put America on a sustainable long-term fiscal path. Now that the House, Senate, and Administration have each presented a budget for next year, what is the future of fiscal policy? Can Democrats and Republicans in Congress reach agreement with each other — and with the President — to finally put the nation’s fiscal house in order? Will another debt ceiling deadline this summer force action, or force a crisis? Leaders from the Administration and from both parties and both chambers in Congress discuss their priorities and expectations for fiscal policy in the months ahead.
THE NEW DEMOGRAPHICS: THE FUTURE OF WORK AND RETIREMENT
- DAVID BROOKS Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
- REPRESENTATIVE XAVIER BECERRA (D-CA) Chairman, House Democratic Caucus
- REPRESENTATIVE PETER ROSKAM (R-IL) House Majority Chief Deputy Whip
- JANET MURGUÍA President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza
- PETER COOK Chief Washington Correspondent & Host of Capitol Gains, Bloomberg Television
The next fifty years will see broad changes in the composition of our workforce and the demographics of retirement. What impact will aging and immigration have on economic growth and the social safety net? What is the future of retirement and what responsibility do governments, private companies, and individuals have to prepare the nation for the retirement of 80 million seniors? This panel will explore the critical connections between demographic changes, immigration, and economic growth and consider how these trends influence U.S. fiscal policy today and for future generations.
IMPROVING OUTCOMES AND CONTAINING COSTS:
THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN HEALTHCARE
- SUSAN DENTZER Senior Policy Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- MARK MCCLELLAN, MD, PHD Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
- HARVEY FINEBERG, MD, PHD President, Institute of Medicine
- JULIE ROVNER Health Policy Correspondent, NPR
America spends more per person on healthcare than does any other nation. Yet, when you compare health outcomes, we are not getting our money’s worth. Healthcare costs are the number one driver of long-term debt and a major challenge for businesses, families, and the economy as a whole. Improving healthcare quality while reducing cost must be a national priority if we are to retain our competitiveness and have a sustainable fiscal future. How do we rein in the growth in healthcare costs, while maintaining or improving health outcomes? How do we address this systemic challenge in order to secure the resources necessary for investments vital to economic growth, while also keeping our promises to seniors and protecting the most vulnerable? Health experts weigh in on the best path forward.
SUCCEEDING IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD:
THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION, INNOVATION, AND SECURITY
- ADMIRAL MICHAEL MULLEN, USN (RET.) 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY (D-MD) 61st Governor of the State of Maryland
- CARLY FIORINA Board Chair of Good360
- ANDREA MITCHELL Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News; Host, Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC
America faces new and evolving challenges in the 21st century global political economy. Emerging economies have become powerful players in the global marketplace. The security environment is changing, with new threats challenging old mindsets. Maintaining America’s status as a global leader will require innovation and a capacity to compete with the best in the world. Today’s students must be educated to be tomorrow’s leaders, creators, and highly skilled workers. Our investment and entrepreneurial climate should foster innovation and future prosperity. And national security must evolve to take into account new realities. This panel will examine the policy choices that must be made today to enhance U.S. economic strength and security for the future.