In Memoriam: The ACCF Remembers Alice Rivlin

Martin Feldstein and Alice Rivlin at a January 2014 ACCF Economic Policy Evening on the Federal Budget and Debt
Statement by ACCF President and CEO Mark Bloomfield:

“It’s with great sadness that we bid farewell to Alice Rivlin, former OMB Director and Senior Fellow of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Alice was a true pioneer in economic policy and a revered public servant.

“I fondly remember my exchanges with her during my visits to the Brookings Institution and her detailed attention to fiscal policy and her strong advocacy for bipartisan solutions on the most pressing issues facing our country.

“I distinctly remember January 2014 when a Republican Senator approached me to host one of our bipartisan Economic Policy Salons on the federal budget and long-term debt problem. His hope was that if both sides could come together and agree on the problem then we could come up with solutions. For the Republican perspective it was Marty Feldstein Ph.D., Harvard University Professor of Economics, NBER President Emeritus and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. But who would the Democrat partner be? A no brainer, my dream was to have Alice Rivlin, who was already in high demand and in circulation for her expertise on these issues. I called her and asked if she would be willing to come to yet another discussion on the budget and federal debt. Despite the demands on her schedule, she said yes without equivocation. Her integrity, her kindness, her passion for bipartisan solutions carried the day among a bipartisan group of members, journalists and the media.

“Alice’s many contributions to our nation will be remembered for generations to come.”

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For more than four decades, American Council for Capital Formation President and CEO Mark Bloomfield has been a prominent voice in the media on current political and economic issues. On any given day, he may be interviewed on Fox Business Network at sunrise, and again as the market closes on CNBC. CNN noted, he is “well-schooled in the arts of both economics and politics and is one of the most influential figures operating behind the scenes in Congress.” Mark is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, where he was the subject of The Weekend Interview and whose editorial board nicknamed him “Mr. Capital Gains.” Mark regularly contributes to Fortune and The Hill, Capitol Hill’s leading newspaper.