About The Can Kicks Back



Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize young Americans in order to promote a sustainable and generationally equitable federal budget.


Every time Washington “kicks the can down the road” by delaying action on addressing the drivers of our $17 trillion and growing national debt, politicians are actually kicking young people and our future. In short, we are that can. The Can Kicks Back is a non-partisan and Millennial-driven campaign with the goal of kicking back at Washington by demanding a sustainable and generationally equitable solution.

Our campaign was launched in November 2012 by a group of five concerned young people and has since grown to a movement of over 100 local chapters in 38 states and thousands of supporters from across the country and across the political spectrum. Simply put: we are fighting for our future and for the same economic opportunity enjoyed by our parents and grandparents.

Read about why the debt matters.


• America’s fiscal path is simply unsustainable. The growing gap between federal spending and revenue over the long-term means our country will neither be able to afford the promises it has made in the past nor pay for needed investments in the future. This imbalance impacts everyone and everything we care about and represents the biggest challenge facing today’s young people.

• Our growing debt is not just a political issue, but a moral one. As a result of decisions that are being made (or not made) by leaders today, our generation faces a diminished future of more debt, fewer jobs, higher taxes and a lower standard of living. Inaction will result in Millennials being the first generation in our history to inherit a country worse off than their parent’s.

• When politicians delay, young people pay. The longer we wait to deal with our fiscal imbalance, the greater the burden will be on young people and future generations. The real choice we face is not between the Democratic or Republican parties, but between progress that can save our future or the status quo that would sacrifice it.


• Achieve fiscal sustainability and generational equity. Our country should pay for the programs it desires in the present without passing the bill to the future, and do so in a way that does not sacrifice critical investments that make America’s economy stronger and more globally competitive.

• Be built on bipartisanship and “Generationship.” Americans need to come together across partisan and generational divides to forge a bold and generationally balanced agreement, so that it can gain broad based support and be sustained over the long-term. 

• Require shared sacrifice, while protecting the most vulnerable. All Americans should be part of the effort to put our budget in order regardless of age or socioeconomic status. We are all in this together.



The Committee for Economic Development is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led, public policy organization that delivers well researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues.

Concerned Youth of America Inc. (CYA) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility at the local, state and federal levels and promoting the investments to support future economic opportunities. CYA serves as the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of The Can Kicks Back.

Sign On, Speak Out

Washington has kicked the can down the road far enough on our growing national debt. Join the Millennial movement to reclaim our American Dream.