Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has unveiled a sweeping plan to shut down federal agencies, including the FBI, and cut more than a million federal jobs, should he win the presidency.
His initial proposal included shutting down five federal agencies, namely the FBI, the Department of Education, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. He said he intends to slash the federal workforce by half in his first year as president and further reduce it by 75% during his first term.
“Today, the people who we elect to run the government are no longer the ones who actually run the government. It is the deep state in the shadow government of those three-letter agencies that wield power today. That is why I’ve said that as your next president, I will shut down the unconstitutional federal administrative state.”
Potential challenges: The implementation of such a radical overhaul would face immense resistance from federal employees, who benefit from civil service protections, as well as from bipartisan lawmakers and interest groups who support the missions of these agencies. While former President Donald Trump often criticized the so-called “deep state,” he did not enact such massive layoffs during his term.
Conservative organizations, along with former Trump administration officials, are similarly working on plans to oust federal employees and replace them with like-minded individuals in the event of Trump’s return to the White House.