About This Event
For the last three years, our country’s political debate has centered around the federal budget and deficit reduction. But both the underlying fiscal landscape and the broader economic context for the debate have now shifted in very important ways: We have enacted significant deficit reduction and health care cost growth has slowed resulting in substantially improved medium- and long- term fiscal outlooks. Meanwhile, recent events, especially in Europe, have called the intellectual cases for austerity and immediate debt reduction into question.
Given these changes, is it time to reset the fiscal debate? How much emphasis should Washington place on debt reduction? How can we balance the need for economic growth with addressing remaining budgetary pressures? Is a "Grand Bargain" an impossible mirage or the best way forward? Please join the Center for American Progress and our distinguished panel of experts for a spirited discussion of these and other questions.
Featured panelists:Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy PrioritesBob Bixby, Executive Director, Concord CoalitionMaya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal BudgetNeera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Moderated by:David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief, The New York Times
Concord Executive Director, Bob Bixby, participates in Caenter for American Progress forum entitled: "Is It Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate?"
About the Host
Robert L. Bixby is executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt.
Bixby joined Concord in 1992 and served in several positions, including policy director and national field director, before being named executive director in 1999. He has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force (the Domenici-Rivlin commission), which produced a model plan for comprehensive fiscal reform.
He frequently speaks around the country on the nation’s fiscal challenges and possible bipartisan solutions, including greater government efficiency, tax reform and improvements in the entitlement program. He has testified at congressional hearings and been interviewed by news organizations around the country. Bixby has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News.
He and The Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour” were also featured prominently in the critically-acclaimed documentary film “I.O.U.S.A.”
Bixby has a bachelor's degree in political science from American University, a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law, and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before joining Concord, he practiced law and served as the chief staff attorney of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.