Lecture Series: Role of Government – Depression, Wars, Equality and Poverty
With Barney Frank, former United States representative and author of banking reform legislation and Alan Simpson, former United States senator and co-chair of the Simpson-Bowles Commission.
When: Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: At the Monterey Conference Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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First elected to Congress in 1980, Barney Frank is known as a superb legislator and a pragmatic politician. While in Congress, Mr. Frank worked to adjust America’s spending priorities to reduce the deficit and improve the quality of life of Americans.
Mr. Frank began his political career in 1968 as chief assistant to Boston Mayor Kevin White. Four years later he won a seat in the Massachusetts State Legislature. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1981 and went on to serve for three decades authoring some of the most important legislation in the country’s recent history, including the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
As chair of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011, Mr. Frank helped craft the compromise bill to slow the tide of home mortgage foreclosures in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, as well as the subsequent $550 billion rescue plan. He was also the chief author of the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — the sweeping set of regulatory reforms that was signed into law in July 2010, to prevent a recurrence of the financial crisis.
Additionally, Mr. Frank led the passage of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act, a measure lauded by consumer advocates, fought to preserve affordable rental housing, and supported reductions in military spending in favor of providing for important quality-of-life needs at home.
Mr. Frank graduated from Harvard in 1962 and went on to pursue a Ph.D before entering politics. He is married to his longtime partner and was the nation’s first congressman in a same-sex marriage while in office.
First elected to the Senate in 1978, Alan Simpson went on to serve three terms representing the state of Wyoming. Following his first term in the Senate, he assumed the position of assistant majority leader in 1984 and served in that capacity until 1994. Senator Simpson completed his final term on January 3, 1997. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served thirteen years in the Wyoming House of Representatives.
Subsequent to his retirement from government, Senator Simpson has taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and served on the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, a congressional panel created to recommend changes to United States policy in Iraq.
In 2010, President Obama selected Senator Simpson to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a commission charged with identifying policies to improve the nation’s fiscal health and to achieve fiscal sustainability. Since the commission released its final report in December 2010, Senator Simpson has been an outspoken critic of the failure of the two political parties to agree on measures to reduce the deficit and has called for a solution combining cuts to entitlement programs and new taxes.