Sen. Roger Marshall on Balancing the Budget: 'Very Hard to Do It, But I Think It's Feasible'

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 9, 2021 | 11:07am EDT
Sen. Roger Marshall (Getty Images)
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Although President Biden's budget proposal would create $14.5 trillion in federal deficits over the next 10 years, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) said his goal is to balance the budget and that it could be done within 10 years.

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Sen. Marshall, “President Biden has presented Congress with a budget that proposes running $14.5 trillion in deficits over the next decade. Will Congress ever balance the budget?”

Marshall did not answer directly but said, "That would certainly be my goal, right? That would be my goal -- I mean, very hard to do it, but I think it’s feasible.”

“I think it starts with a strong economy,” he added. “I think that we had the strongest economy of our lifetime despite decreasing taxes with our tax cuts act. It led to record income. But this nation has to go on a diet, and I don’t mean a seafood diet. I’m a physician, and I would tell folks, ‘Look, you can’t be on that seafood diet anymore.”

“So we have to figure out what we can cut back, as well, that would be our goal,” said Marshall.  “We can’t do it overnight. I’ve run a lot of small businesses -- you can’t turn something like this around overnight. But we can start moving the dial to accomplish that.”

President Joe Biden (D) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).   (Getty Images)
President Joe Biden (D) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (Getty Images)

When asked in what year the budget will be balanced, Marshall said, “I think it would be a 10-year process to get there. But the challenge is no one has ever come to my office and said, ‘Hey, I want less help from the federal government,’ right? So that’s the challenge, does America have the appetite to spend less money?”

The budget that President Biden proposed to Congress will run total deficits of $14.531 trillion between fiscal years 2022 and 2031.

As of June 7, the total debt of the federal government was $28,264,344,438,395.30, over $28 trillion.

As the New York Times has reported, "President Biden would like the federal government to spend $6 trillion in the 2022 fiscal year, and for total spending to rise to $8.2 trillion by 2031. That would take the United States to its highest sustained levels of federal spending since World War II, while running deficits above $1.3 trillion through the next decade."

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