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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

A Misplaced Sense of National Emergency
February 18, 2019
Last week the national debt hit $22 trillion and the president declared an emergency. Too bad the two things were not related. Even as the debt continues its upward climb, policymakers seem remarkably unconcerned. In fact, most of the leading budget proposals from members of both parties threaten to make the situation even worse.
‘Emergency’ Declaration to Fund Wall Would Be a Mistake
January 14, 2019
Up until a few days ago it seemed that President Trump was looking to exit the partial government shutdown by redirecting funds for a Mexican border wall through an emergency declaration. As he approached this exit, however, he found that the off-ramp was closed for construction. Critics within his own party stood in the way. Good thing.
Once Border Wall Is Resolved, Even Bigger Challenges Await
January 02, 2019
Don’t look now, but budgetary gridlock on Capitol Hill is about to get worse. So is the deficit. With all the attention being paid to the partial government shutdown over funding for a wall on the Mexican border, it is easy to forget that up until the end of the fiscal year in September the appropriations process was going fairly well. Five of the 12 annual appropriation bills passed on time, funding about 75 percent of agency budgets.