Sen. Daines: Start Reducing Federal Spending at Dept of Education

By Ashlianna Kreiner | August 12, 2021 | 4:29pm EDT
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – When asked if the $28.4 trillion federal debt was too much, Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said, “Yes,” and proposed several ways to start reducing federal spending.

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. Daines chuckled and said: “Yes!”

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

The senator replied: “Tell you, one of the first places we should do is look at the Department of Education. It’s a massive bureaucracy. The average—the average salary in Washington D.C., of the Department of Education, is over $100,000 dollars a year.”

“We should take those dollars and send them back to the states to invest in the classrooms and the teachers, not the federal government,” he said.

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.

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 453 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 debt of the federal government is now $28.4 trillion. Is that too much?”

Sen. Daines: “Yes!”

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

Sen. Daines: “Tell you, one of the first places we should do is look at the Department of Education. It’s a massive bureaucracy. The average—the average salary in Washington D.C., of the Department of Education, is over $100,000 dollars a year. We should take those dollars and send them back to the states to invest in the classrooms and the teachers, not the federal government.”

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