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September 30, 2011

CONTACT: Steven Chlapecka
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Isakson, Merkley and Experts to Speak on America's Housing Crisis
PPI and e21 to Host Housing Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As policymakers wrestle with the challenge of jumpstarting the economy and creating jobs, the Progressive Policy Institute and e21 will join forces on Tuesday, October 4 at 8:30 a.m. to highlight an issue that deserves more attention in Washington – what to do about the housing crisis. New Solutions for America's Housing Crisis will convene the nation's foremost leaders and experts on housing policy and offer new ideas for the challenges facing the housing market.
Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) along with four distinguished panels will tackle questions such as, the right size and role of government in housing, and what to do about the millions of American homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than what their houses are worth. The daylong conference aims to elevate housing as a critical piece of the national debate on economic recovery and highlight innovative proposals for stabilizing the housing market.


Keynote Speakers:
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Cal.)
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, The American Action Forum
Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow
Robert Lerman, Professor of Economics, American University
Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, PPI
Donald Marron, Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Ron Phipps, President, National Association of Realtors
Ellen Schloemer, Executive Vice President, Center for Responsible Lending
Kevin Schneider, President and CEO, Mortgage Insurance-U.S., Genworth Financial
Richard Smith, President and CEO, Realogy Corporation
David Stevens, President and CEO, Mortgage Bankers Association
Phillip L. Swagel, Professor of International Economic Policy, University of Maryland
Paul Weinstein, Director, Public Management Program, Johns Hopkins University
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors


Tuesday, October 4, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


8 – 8:30 a.m.: Guest check-in and registration
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Welcome and keynote remarks
                                           -Sen. Jeff Markley (D-Ore.)
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Panel I - Housing and the Recovery: Current Challenges
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Panel II - Jumpstarting the Housing Market
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Keynote Remarks
                                           -Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Keynote Discussion
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Panel III - Housing, Tax Policy and Deficits


The Liaison Hotel, Metropolitan Room
, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, 
Washington, DC


The event is open to the press. All participants will be available to answer questions from the media. Media in attendance are required to register in advance of the event to Steven Chlapecka at 202.525.3931 or schlapecka@ppionline.org.

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The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century. Through policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For further questions, please contact Steven Chlapecka at schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931 (office), 202.556.1752 (cell).

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