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Robert Bixby
Executive Director

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.

Recent Publications

Tentative Budget Deal Reached
December 13, 2019
In a sudden burst of activity, congressional leaders this week reached a tentative agreement on all 12 annual appropriation bills for Fiscal Year 2020, which began on October 1st. The agreement will avoid a government shutdown on Friday December 20, provided that the bills are actually passed in time and signed by President Trump. Votes are expected as soon as Tuesday.
National Health Care Expenditures Remain “Relatively Stable” In 2018
December 11, 2019
For those wishing to take a deep dive into national health care spending, there is no better source than the annual report of the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Their report of 2018 spending was released last week in the journal Health Affairs.
Senate Punts On Appropriations Bills
November 21, 2019
In football terms, it was fourth and long… very long. The chances of passing appropriation bills to fund government agencies for the current fiscal year, which began on October 1st, were slim. So this week Congress did what they have done many times in the past. They punted. On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill previously approved by the House that would extend funding at last year’s level from November 21 to December 20. The president signed the bill, avoiding for now a government shutdown.