Sen. Cornyn: ‘Yes,’ $28.4 Trillion Federal Debt is Too Much, ‘Is That a Trick Question?’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | August 13, 2021 | 3:20pm EDT
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)  (Getty Images)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – When asked if the $28.4 trillion federal debt was too much, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said, “Yes, is this a trick question?”

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

Sen. Cornyn said: “Yes, is this a trick question?”

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

The senator replied, “I think it’s all about priorities. And, sure, we ought to prioritize what our spending—where our money should be spent. Because we know that without that, there’s going to be a lot of waste, and frankly our priorities not funded.”

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.

Over the last 39 years, the debt has ballooned, from $1.1 trillion to $28.4 trillion. 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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