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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

COVID-19 Pushes 2020 Deficit to $2.7 Trillion Through June
July 17, 2020
In its Monthly Budget Review for June 2020, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said on Wednesday, July 8, that the budget deficit for the year so far has reached $2.74 trillion, an increase of $2 trillion over the same nine-month period in 2019. Outlays are up by $1.6 trillion (49 percent) over 2019 and revenues are down by $348 billion (13 percent).
CBO Finds Significant Decline in 10-Year Economic Outlook
July 07, 2020
Mixed messages and a high degree of uncertainty were featured prominently in updated economic projections issued on Thursday, July 2nd by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). These projections will be used in updating CBO’s 10-year budget outlook later this summer. 
Sound Bipartisan Advice on Post-Pandemic Fiscal Policy
June 23, 2020
Policymakers in Washington have responded to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic with a remarkable display of bipartisanship. All four rescue bills to date have passed with overwhelming support from both parties in the House and Senate.