May 14, 2019
May 14

Statement from President Clinton on the passing of Alice Rivlin

New York, NY

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2019
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Statement from President Clinton on the passing of Alice Rivlin

Alice Rivlin was a truly extraordinary public servant.  When she joined my Administration in 1993, she was already a legend in Washington for her work in the Johnson Administration and as the first Director of the Congressional Budget Office.  No one knew more about the federal budget than she did, and as Deputy Director and later Director of OMB, she played a crucial role in the development of our economic plan and our efforts to balance the budget, which resulted in three consecutive surpluses and strong income gains for all Americans.

She was determined to create a national budget that would provide the investment, assistance, and conditions necessary to help people succeed without mortgaging the future for our children and grandchildren.  And I could always count on her for direct, astute analysis and opinions, especially when she knew it wasn’t what I wanted to hear.  I remember with admiration and respect every argument we ever had. 

Every American should be grateful that this brilliant woman spent a lifetime in their service.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.