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Gene Steuerle: Alice Rivlin: The George Washington of the Congressional Budget Office

Jul 1, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is an Institute fellow and the Richard B. Fisher chair at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a tribute to past Committee member and founding director of the Congressional Budget Office Alice Rivlin, an excerpt of which is below: 

Alice Rivlin, who passed away on May 14, was among the greatest public servants of the modern era. I admired her so much that I once told her I’d quit my job and join her campaign if she would run for president. Even in a likely loss, it would be a winning proposition, I asserted, to finally have someone honest and forthright in a presidential debate.

A few years ago, George Kopits, now at the Wilson Center, asked Alice and me to write chapters on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for a book he edited on independent fiscal institutions. Alice was as famous among budget experts abroad as she was in the US for her role as founding director of CBO--widely regarded as the best and most independent fiscal institution in the world.

Read the entire tribute here.

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