A Campaign on U.S. Debt Gains Steam

WASHINGTON — Maya MacGuineas has been ringing alarms about the nation’s growing debt for 15 years, imagining a day when a president and a Congress might finally work together to curb deficit spending. After watching President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner once again come close to agreeing on a plan, only to see a deal slip away, she is troubled but undeterred.

“It’s so bad out there that there’s a question as to whether Washington can govern anymore,” Ms. MacGuineas said, sitting in the Capitol after briefing a group of legislators. “We want a deal to happen, and want it to happen in a bipartisan way, because otherwise it’s not going to stick.”

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