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.”