Sen. Hawley: The $28.4 Trillion Federal Debt Is ‘Frightening’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | August 12, 2021 | 10:37am EDT
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – When asked if the $28.4 trillion federal debt was too much, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said, “Yes, it is too much. It’s frightening.”

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. Hawley said, “Yes, it is too much. It’s frightening.”

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: “Yes, probably many. We could probably prepare a list for you. But there’s all kinds of wasteful spending through the—throughout the federal government, clearly. And probably all kinds of unconstitutional spending in various bureaucracies across the federal government. So I think there’s no shortage of things to choose from.”

“What is—what is amazing about what has been happening today is, is that the Democrats and some Republicans are voting to dramatically grow the size of government and also to advance the Democrats’ far-left woke agenda,” said Hawley. “And I just think, man, that’s a mistake.”

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(Getty Images)

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. 

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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. Hawley: “Yes, it is too much. It’s frightening.”

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

Sen. Hawley: “Yes, probably many. We could probably prepare a list for you. But there’s all kinds of wasteful spending through the—throughout the federal government clearly. And probably all kinds of unconstitutional spending in various bureaucracies across the federal government. So I think there’s no shortage of things to choose from. What is—what is amazing about what has been happening today is, is that the Democrats and some Republicans are voting to dramatically grow the size of government and also to advance the Democrats’ far-left woke agenda. And I just think, man, that’s a mistake.”

CNSNews.com: “All right, thank you so much for your time.”

Sen. Hawley: “Yeah, you bet.”

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