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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

CBO Outlook Underscores Pre-existing Challenges for the Post-pandemic Economy
March 04, 2021
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that new 30-year projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) demonstrate why Congress and the president should ensure that necessary near-term steps to control the COVID-19 virus and support the economy should not make the already daunting long-term outlook even worse.  Concord issued the following statement from Executive Director Robert L. Bixby:
Go Big, but Stay Focused
March 02, 2021
President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, now passed by the House and set to be considered this week in the Senate, has kicked-off a vigorous debate about whether to “go big” or stay focused on those most in need. They should do both; go big but stay focused on those most in need.  The bill now before the Senate does not fit this criteria. It includes provisions that are not well-targeted, extend beyond current needs or have little connection to the pandemic.
Post-Pandemic Economy Must Have Strong Fiscal Foundation
February 11, 2021
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said that today’s baseline projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) are a strong reminder that the budget is on an unsustainable path, not because of the massive short-term deficit spending incurred to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of a pre-existing gap between spending and revenues that will keep growing wider long after the pandemic has passed.