Sen. Sullivan: Biden Will Not Balance the Budget ‘At the Rate They’re Spending’

Megan Williams | September 22, 2021 | 10:25am EDT
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Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked if President Joe Biden would ever balance the budget, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said, “Not at the rate they’re spending.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, “The federal deficit through the first 11 months of this fiscal year was $2.7 trillion and the federal debt is now $28 trillion. Will President Biden ever balance the budget?”

Sullivan replied, “Oh, not at the rate they’re spending, which is why this debt ceiling issue is going to be something that the Democrats are going to have to deal with themselves. They have the power to deal with it, they should deal with it.”

In a follow-up question, CNS News asked, “Do you believe they’ll make any efforts to deal with it?”

“No, not right now,” he said. “Not until we have a change of power in Washington.”

The U.S. Treasury released the total outstanding public debt on Sept. 17, which was $28.4 trillion.

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Despite these numbers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed the $3.5 trillion spending blueprint through the House in late August, reported the Wall Street Journal. The Democrat victory was a party-line vote, 220-212.

Due to the bill’s passing, the Democrats will begin the reconciliation process which allows them to pass a “broad package of healthcare, education and climate provisions in the Senate without GOP support, so long as all 50 Democratic senators back it” wrote the Journal.

However, keeping the support of all 50 Democratic senators may prove difficult, as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kirsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have expressed concerns about the bill’s price tag.

Sen. Kirsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Kirsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) (Getty Images)
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