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Pike native ends ‘National Generational Equity’ tour

Pike County student Nick Troiano speaks at a Capitol Hill press conference with Senator Tim Kaine (standing directly behind Troiano) and Sen. John Thune (standing to the right of Troiano) on October 31, to conclude a five-week, cross-country “Generational Equity Tour.”
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November 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Nick Troiano, a Pike County, PA native and 2007 student body president of Delaware Valley High School, concluded a cross-country “Generational Equity Tour” on Capitol Hill last week with a high profile event calling for passage of the bipartisan INFORM Act.

Troiano, 24, spent the last five weeks traveling across the country with a non-partisan campaign he co-founded, The Can Kicks Back, to educate and engage young Americans on the issues of the federal budget and the growing national debt.

The culminating event on Capitol Hill featured Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) sponsors of a bipartisan budget reform bill that Troiano helped get introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. Over 1,000 economists recently endorsed the legislation, which would force the government to disclose its true indebtedness and the intergenerational impact of policy decisions.

Troiano engaged audiences at over 20 colleges and universities along the 6,000-mile Generational Equity Tour and organized discussions with some of the nation’s top fiscal leaders, including former U.S. Senator and fiscal commission co-chair Alan Simpson (R-WY) and former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker. Troiano said the tour could not have come at a more critical time.

“While on tour, it was disappointing to watch some of our nation’s leaders, including my own U.S. representative, shut down the federal government to advance their narrow ideology rather than work together to meaningfully address the drivers of long-term deficits and grow our economy,” said Troiano.