Sen. Blumenthal: Federal Spending Cuts Needed When Waste is Uncovered

By Liam Sigler | July 12, 2019 | 10:32am EDT
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
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( – When asked whether the federal government spends too much, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) did not answer directly but said Congress needs to “be mindful of the possibility of waste.” He added that spending should be cut to eliminate what is “wasteful” or “improper.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, asked the senator, “The federal government spent $4.1 trillion in fiscal year 2018. Does the government spend too much money?”

Senator Blumenthal answered, “We always need to be mindful of the possibility of waste and I think that we need to exercise strong oversight.”

When asked how he would recommend cutting spending, the senator replied, “Well, cutting spending should be done to eliminate any sort of wasteful or improper spending by congressional oversight through the appropriations process and also through committees that have essential scrutiny, responsibility.”

On July 9, 2019, the U.S. National Debt was $22.02 trillion. Ten years ago, at the end of the fiscal year – Sept. 30, 2009 -- the national debt was $11.9 trillion. At the end of fiscal year 2000, the national debt was $5.6 trillion.

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