Sen. Barrasso: COVID Has Added ‘Significant Amounts’ to the Federal Debt

By Ashlianna Kreiner | August 13, 2021 | 5:06pm EDT
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – When asked if the $28.4 trillion federal debt was too much, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said, “We’ve added significant amounts of the debt in response to the global pandemic. We shouldn’t add anymore.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, “The debt of the federal government is now $28.4 trillion. Is that too much?”

Sen. Barrasso said: “We’ve added significant amounts of the debt in response to the global pandemic. We shouldn’t add anymore. And yet the Democrats on the floor of the Senate right now are trying to add significantly more to the debt.”

“They’ve done it earlier this year with their so called COVID relief act that was $1.9 trillion,” he said. “And now it looks like we’re going another $3.5 trillion or maybe even $4 trillion. That’s too much.”

CNS News asked the follow-up question: “Is there any federal program or agency that you would be interested in eliminating to reduce the federal spending?”

The senator replied, “Well, I continue to put out recommendations to help cut back on federal spending.”

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the total public debt outstanding as of Aug. 9, 2021, was $28,427,651,083,061.54, or roughly $28.4 trillion.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

The federal debt did not surpass $1 trillion until fiscal 1982. That fiscal year, according to the Treasury, the debt started at $997,855,000,000 and ended at $1,142,034,000,000.

Over the last 39 years, the debt has ballooned, from $1.1 trillion to $28.4 trillion. The federal debt did not surpass $1 trillion until fiscal 1982. That fiscal year, according to the Treasury, the debt started at $997,855,000,000 and ended at $1,142,034,000,000.

In the 1994 Contract With America, conservative Republicans called for eliminating the Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In the federal government, in addition to the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, there are 15 departments, such as Defense, HHS, Commerce, and Education. Also, there are approximately 457 agencies

According to The Hill, “The federal government employs nearly 9.1 million workers, comprising nearly 6 percent of total employment in the United States. The figure includes nearly 2.1 million federal employees, 4.1 million contract employees, 1.2 million grant employees, 1.3 million active duty military personnel, and more than 500,000 postal service employees.” 

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