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Statement from Mayor Bowser on the Passing of Alice Rivlin

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser released the following statement on the passing of Alice Rivlin:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Alice Rivlin. I cherished Alice’s counsel in helping me set up my first administration, as she challenged me to think in new and better ways about how we could serve residents and make the best use of taxpayer dollars. Alice was tough but fair, and never one to recommend actions that were politically expedient.

“Alice was a giant in her field, establishing the Congressional Budget Office and serving as its founding director. She fought by example to ensure that women’s voices were heard and that they had an equal seat at the table. She believed that education, particularly for young women, was paramount to breaking cycles of poverty.

“The District has lost a trailblazer and dedicated public servant. As chair of the District’s federal control board, Alice not only helped guide our city back on a path to success, but also championed DC home rule and worked to quickly and voluntarily restore DC’s home rule capabilities. She advocated for DC budget autonomy as not only a best budgeting practice, but as a matter of fairness and a basic tenet of self-government. In sending our condolences to all who loved Alice, DC is grateful for her dedicated service and for making her city a brighter and more prosperous place.”