Ramaswamy’s plan to reshape the D.C. bureaucracy
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy recently addressed the America First Policy Institute, unveiling his plan to eliminate six government agencies. Ramaswamy’s proposal would bring “large-scale mass layoffs to the D.C. bureaucracy.” The agencies targeted are the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Education, Department of Commerce, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Notably, this move would reduce the 2.2 million civilian employees in the federal workforce by 75 percent.
Ramaswamy’s central argument hinges on the idea that individuals who cannot be terminated do not genuinely serve their leaders. Instead, these unelected employees exert undue influence over their leaders, which, according to Ramaswamy, “means you work for them.” Ramaswamy addressed the notion that “the president of the United States has limited power to order layoffs,” contending that this claim is a myth. He emphasized that a president is empowered “to override the Office Personnel Management (OPM) and drive the reductions in force directly” pursuant to 5 U.S. Code § 3302.
Presidential hopeful Ramaswamy is not alone on this issue. Other Republican presidential candidates, including former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have also voiced support for reining in the federal bureaucracy. This issue forms a critical component of the broader conversation surrounding the role and scale of government agencies in the United States.
Read more about Vivek Ramaswamy’s plan to cut six agencies at The Daily Signal.
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