(CNS News) – When asked if the $28.4 trillion federal debt was too much, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said, “Yes, it is too much. It’s frightening.”
At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, “The debt is now at $28.4 trillion. Is that too much?”
“Yes.” Sen. Sullivan answered.
CNS News followed up, asking: “Is there any federal program or agency you would eliminate to reduce government spending?”
The senator said that thwarting Democrats’ push to spend another $3.5 trillion takes priority over cutting any existing programs:
“Well look, we are going to have a huge debate right now. We’re just—we’re right now we’re just trying to prevent the ridiculous reckless three and a half trillion dollar blowout that’s happening right now. That’s the number one priority.”
On Wednesday, the Senate did pass the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, 50-49, with only Democrat votes.
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.
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, Heath and Human Services, Commerce, and Education. There are more than four hundred and fifty agencies listed on the Federal Register website.
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.”
The transcript of the interview is below:
CNSNews.com: “The government spending, or the government debt, is now at $28.4 trillion. Is that too much?”
Sen. Sullivan: “Yes.”
CNSNews.com: “Okay. And is there any federal program or agency you would eliminate to reduce government spending?”
Sen. Sullivan: “Well, look, we are going to have a huge debate right now. We’re right now we’re just trying to prevent the reckless three and a half trillion dollar blowout that’s happening right now. That’s the number one priority.”