McClure Symposium on Federal Fiscal Issues

Thursday, February 14 2013

BOISE, Idaho – The University of Idaho will host the McClure Symposium on Federal Fiscal Issues on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Idaho State Capitol Auditorium. Idaho Public Television will air the program live from 8-10 p.m. MT/ 7-9 p.m. PT on the IdahoPTV World Channel (subchannel 4).

The program will provide regional and national focus on our nation’s fiscal condition and possible solutions. The event will include a panel discussion by some of the nation’s most prominent leaders in these deliberations.

The panelists will include U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, Rep. Mike Simpson, Sen, Mark Warner of Virginia, retired Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, and the President of the Committee for a Responsible Fiscal Budget, Maya MacGuineas.

“The most important objective of this Congress should be to focus on efforts that solve our fiscal crisis, create jobs for Americans and get our economy on the right track. I hope Idahoans will take a moment to join this critical discussion about the future of our nation,” said Crapo.

The McClure Center for Public Policy Research aims to examine and promote research on public policy and public affairs issues that impact the state, the region and the nation. Foundational to the center’s work is the promotion of broader public knowledge and understanding of political and policy making processes, along with the promotion of civic engagement and civil discourse.

“Congress is engaged in a critical discussion about our budget and our nation’s future, and I am thrilled to be bringing that discussion into Idaho living rooms through this forum,” said Simpson. “The University of Idaho’s McClure Center and Idaho Public Television have done a tremendous job putting this symposium together, and I hope every interested Idahoan tunes in and takes part. The budget deficit and national debt are the defining issues of our times, and it is important that the people of Idaho have a voice in how these issues are addressed.

A live studio audience will be in attendance with the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists regarding the fiscal budget. The symposium is free and open to the public. To get tickets to the event, go to

Please join University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis, along with other distinguished Idaho citizens for what is sure to be a lively discussion on our federal fiscal issues.

Idaho Public Television also will air a one-hour highlight version Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. MT/PT on the main Idaho Channel.
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