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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

Fed Chairman Powell's Fiscal Advice
May 07, 2020
Federal Reserve Board chairs do not often comment on U.S. fiscal policy, so it was unusual last week when the current chair, Jerome Powell, said in a press conference, “This is the time to use the great fiscal power of the United States to do what we can to support the economy and try to get through this with as little damage to the longer run productive capacity of the economy as possible.”
Post Pandemic: "Old Normal" Won’t be Good Enough
May 05, 2020
Last year, The Concord Coalition began a new project exploring the building blocks of a fiscally responsible economic growth agenda. The project focused on health care reform, workforce growth, productivity investments, worker training and sustainable solvency for Social Security.  
CBO's Big Challenge
April 06, 2020
It seems likely that when Phil Swagel took over as director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) last June he did not think he would need to include assumptions about “social distancing” as part of the cost estimates the agency would produce. Nor does it seem likely that he envisioned having to make economic projections in an environment where nearly 10 million unemployment claims would be filed in a two-week period.