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Bipartisan Grassroots 'Fix The Debt' Campaign Launches In New Hampshire

Emily Corwin

If Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction deal by January, a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” will kick in. Today, a national bipartisan has launched in New Hampshire to make sure that doesn’t happen.

After a bipartisan debt-reduction plan commissioned by President Obama failed to gain support in Congress, its authors – Republican former Senator Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles – went grassroots. They started the Fix The Debt Campaign -- a national group with state chapters.

Amanda Biundo is a student at New England College in Henniker. She says she joined the Fix The Debt campaign in New Hampshire because she’s worried about the future:  

When I grow up I want to be able to have social security and I want to make sure those things are available to me in the future.

Nashua mayor Donnalee Lozeau, a Republican, co-chairs the New Hampshire chapter with Democratic Senator Lou D’Allesandro.  Lozeau says ordinary people like Biundo need to come together to tell Congress that partisanship and inaction won’t be tolerated.

I think it’s important to remind people that our expectation is that they have to work together.

Fix The Debt is co-chaired at the national level by Ed Rendell, and New Hampshire’s former Governor, Judd Gregg.