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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

Budget Deal: Debt and Denial Grow Deeper
August 01, 2019
The House and Senate have now passed a bipartisan budget deal. If signed by the president, as expected, the deal would lessen the chances of another government shutdown when the fiscal year ends on September 30th and suspend the debt limit for two years, postponing for now the dangerous prospect of default. That’s the good news. 
Legal immigration is best way to fill shortage of willing and able workers
June 06, 2019
This op-ed in The Des Moines Register discusses how immigration policy should be reformed to encourage economic growth. It is authored by Robert L.
Low Interest Rates Are No Magic Bullet for the Federal Debt
May 06, 2019
Low interest rates on the federal debt have allowed the government to borrow more in recent years without seeing the cost of servicing that debt rise as a share of the economy (GDP). As the debt has climbed from 39 percent of GDP in 2008 to 78 percent in 2018, interest costs have actually dropped slightly from 1.7 percent of GDP in 2008 to 1.6 percent last year.