PEORIA, Ill.— As lawmakers continue to bicker over the budget, young professionals are making their way across the country to bring awareness of national debt to people their age.
Nick Troiano is a graduate student at Georgetown University with a traveling message--to get his generation the millennials--to fight national debt.
“Our leaders in Washington need to know that our generation is paying attention. We want long term solutions. We don't want short term government shutdowns, and this campaign is about bringing that greater millennial voice to our leaders.” Troiano said.
Troiano is the founder of the ‘Can Kicks Back” campaign which is traveling nationwide. He and a team of five other students and young professionals organized what they call the "Generational Equity Tour," which started in September.
Troiano said that the planning started in June and triggered by a growing frustration with the government’s approach to debt. He believes that the government is simply kicking the can forward, leaving trillions of dollars of debt the the millennial generation.
The organization set up a booth at Bradley University to motivate the students to get involved. The organization also tells students about the Inform Act, a bipartisan legislation that the organization created. The act urges congress to consider how its debt will affect the millenials’ quality of life. students were encouraged to use cans to raise their voice to congress.
They asked supporters to write a small message to Congress on cans, which Toiano and his team will collect and eventually dump on Congress’ lawn.
On October 3st Troiano and supporters will end their tour by bringing the cans to representatives and rallying on the lawn of Capitol Hill.
"I don't really watch the news or keep up with politics...But hearing it from people our age really helps us know what we need to know and what we need to change," said Carly Martin, a junior at Bradley University.
Bradley is just one stop on the five week cross country tour to several universities and offices.
Troiano said he hopes that Congress will take notice.
"We're the largest and fastest voting block in the country, and if they're going to want the support of our generation, they're going to have to start fighting for our future.” Troiano said.