The federal government owns 653,299,090 acres of land, yet Congress insists upon using taxpayer dollars to purchase to buy more. Almost 30% of all the land in the United States is owned by the federal government, but through congressional lands acts that number continues to rise. The federal government also owns over 400,000 buildings. Increasing federal ownership of land literally expands the size and scope of government. When government owns land it restricts access for recreation, mineral exploration, grazing, hunting, and other traditional uses. Expansive government ownership infringes upon property rights and curbs economic development.