Visit Virginia Sen. Mark Warner’s website and you’ll be greeted by three numbers that display U.S. debt growth in real time. With numbers changing by the second, the new feature shows the U.S. debt ($14.3 trillion), U.S. debt per citizen ($46,067) and the U.S. population (311.4 million).
Mr. Warner says the numbers serve “as a reminder of the need to tackle our deficits and debt in a fiscally responsible way.”
He is the first Senate Democrat to add the indicators to his website, according to his office.
The “Gang of Six” member has worked with senators from both parties on a deficit reduction plan, although the group was chiseled down to five when Republican Sen. Tom Coburn removed himself last month citing, fearing the group couldn’t reach agreement and was on the verge of failure.
That left two Republicans — Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Mike Crapo of Idaho — to work with three Democrats — Sens. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Mr. Warner. The group has said it is putting the final details on a plan that will reduce the national debt by at least $4 trillion over the next 10 years.
“The United States is borrowing at least forty cents of every dollar that we spend. Everyone knows that simply is not sustainable,” Mr. Warner said.