As Congress prepares to vote next week on the Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Resolution, Congressman Adam Smith will host 9th district citizens in a forum on balancing the budget entitled DebtBusters. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Port of Tacoma conference room at the Tacoma World Trade Center, located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road East.

Participants will be divided into small groups and given information on the federal government's budget and future projections. They will then face the daunting task of balancing the budget. Citizens will decide which programs to increase, freeze, or cut and whether or now we should raise, maintain, or cut taxes.

"One of my goals is to bring government closer to the people," explained Smith. "This exercise is a great way for constituents to learn more about the choices their representatives struggle with in Congress, and even more important, I will learn what their priorities and preferences are."

The DebtBusters programs is co-sponsored by the Concord Coalition, an organization dedicated to balancing the budget.

Press is encouraged to attend.

WHAT: DebtBusters Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2001 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: World Trade Center Building, Port of Tacoma Conference Room, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road East
CONTACT: Congressman Adam Smith's Tacoma Office at 253-926-6683