Sen. Burr: ‘There Are a Lot of Agencies I Would Eliminate, If I Could’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | August 13, 2021 | 4:18pm EDT
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – When asked if the $28.4 trillion federal debt was too much, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said, “Sure, it is.”  He added that there are a lot of federal agencies he would close to reduce the debt.

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. Burr said: “Sure, it is.”

CNS News asked the follow-up question, “And is there any federal program or agency that you would eliminate to reduce the federal spending?”

The senator said, “There are a lot of agencies that I would eliminate if I could. But that’s not going to happen.”

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.

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.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

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.” 

Transcript

CNSNews.com: "The federal government is now 28.4 trillion in debt. Is that too much?"

Sen. Burr: "Sure, it is."

CNSNews.com: "And is there any federal program or agency that you would eliminate to reduce the federal spending?"

Sen. Burr: "There are a lot of agencies that I would eliminate, if I could. But, that’s not going to happen."

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