Senator Lankford: ‘Burdening debt’ threatens national defense
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week announced at that, the end of the month, he will release his second annual “Federal Fumbles” report, a publication intended to draw attention to and encourage lawmakers to curb wasteful government programs that increase our debt which, says Sen. Lankford, threatens military readiness.
“[Addressing our national debt] should be a top priority because if we are going to look at our national defense and being able to have a strong military and a good [Veterans Affairs] program … we cannot have a burdening debt and we cannot have a rising amount of interest,” he said. “It pulls out what we should do day to day in our national defense.”
By the beginning of the next decade, Lankford said, the U.S. government will be spending more on debt interest payments than national defense.
“Last year, our federal government spent $223 billion, or 6 percent of all discretionary spending, on debt interest payments alone,” Lankford noted in a press release.
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