Republican Vivek Ramaswamy says he wants to cut a million civilian employees from the federal government — more than a third of the non-military federal workforce — if he’s elected president in 2024.
Why it matters: It’s the latest proposal from the political novice that tacks far to the right of every other Republican in the presidential race — in this case, by gutting major government agencies that often have been the scorn of the GOP’s most conservative members.
Between the lines: Polls suggest Ramaswamy’s running a distant third in the race for the GOP nomination, behind former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
What he’s saying: Ramaswamy says his eventual goal would be to cut the federal civil workforce of 2.2 million people by 75% after four years.
Reality check: Experts say Ramaswamy’s plan is a long shot that would create chaos in government services and parts of the economy that depend on such agencies.
The details: Ramaswamy argues that the president has the authority to cut massive numbers of all non-military federal jobs via executive order, without congressional approval.
Between the lines: In October 2020, Trump signed an execute order dubbed “Schedule F” to re-classify about 50,000 career positions in the federal workforce, making them at-will employees and easier to fire.