US Congressman: Special Interests One of Main Reasons for National Debt Growth

© AFP 2022 / NICHOLAS KAMMA screen shows the US national debt before US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen (front L) testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2016.
A screen shows the US national debt before US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen (front L) testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Special interest groups have become the primary contributor to the US national debt by influencing lawmakers who accept their donations, US Congressman Ken Buck said during an event at the Heritage Foundation think tank.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Buck explained that the congressional leadership has an incentive to spend more money creating a situation that has resulted in the United States’ having a $20 trillion debt.

"There is a game that goes on that you owe [donors] money… you are expected to help special interest groups in Washington, DC," Buck stated on Thursday. "It’s one reason, and one of the primary reasons I think that we have the deficit that we have. There is no incentive to take a hard vote in this town, there is a disincentive."

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Lawmakers accept donations from special interest groups and lobbyists to pay required dues to be part of a committee in Congress, Buck stated.

Buck noted that he pays $450,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to be part of the House of Representatives Government and Oversight Reform Committee. He also pays the NRCC $200,000 to be part of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

The US legislature must implement a balanced budget amendment and term limit to end corruption in the government, Burk added.

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