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The Soho Forum Debate: Tarren Bragdon vs. Neera Tanden

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tarren Bragdon vs. Neera Tanden

Resolution:

Fifteen million able-bodied adults on government welfare would have a better chance at economic betterment if they were taken off welfare.

For the affirmative:

Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which he founded in 2011. FGA focuses on state and federal policy reforms that 1) free people from dependency and poverty by promoting work, and 2) build a free market within health care to lower costs and improve quality.

Bragdon is a nationally recognized expert on health and welfare reform issues. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House, as well as money state legislative committees, and regularly speaks at public policy conferences.

His work has been featured on Fox News' Sean Hannity show, National Public Television's NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, and on National Public Radio. His research has been published with The Heritage Foundation and The Manhattan Institute.

Bragdon was previously CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation's free market movement.

From 1996 through 2000, he served in the Maine House of Representatives, the youngest person ever to do so.

Bragdon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University.


For the negative:

Neera Tanden is President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, where she focuses on how to expand opportunity for all Americans.

Tanden previously served as senior adviser for health reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.m and worked with Congress and stakeholders on particular provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, as policy director for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign, as legislative director in Sen. Clinton’s office and deputy campaign manager and issues director for Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign.

She began her career as an associate director for domestic policy in President Bill Clinton’s White House and senior policy adviser to the first lady.

Tanden has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” PBS’ “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. Most recently, she was named to Elle’s “Women in Washington Power List” and Politico’s “Politico 50”. She has also been included in National Journal’s “Washington’s Most Influential Women,” Washingtonian’s “Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Politics”.

Tanden received her bachelor of science from UCLA and her law degree from Yale Law School.


​Cash bar opens: 5:45pm
Meeting convenes: 6:30pm
Wine-and-cheese Reception: 8:15pm

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