Official: Obama to call for 5-year spending freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will call for a five-year freeze in non-security, discretionary spending during his State of the Union address.

Barack Obama
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President Obama speaking in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 10.

The official says the proposal will be part of the president's plans to reduce the deficit that he will outline in Tuesday's primetime address. The official says Obama will also call for lawmakers to back a five-year plan put forth by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to save $78 billion in defense spending.

Obama is under pressure from the public and lawmakers to cut spending. Several Republican lawmakers have proposed cutting $100 billion from Obama's budget for the current year.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the president's speech.

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More word soup. Reducing the

More word soup. Reducing the "deficit" means reducing how much borrowing our gov't does everyday, and has NOTHIG to do with debt, other than it may slow "slightly" how much is added. They seem to interchange the words "debt" amd "deficit" kind of glibly. The bills, eventually are going to be due. Spending, is now "investing," etc. He states the results of the November elections was a lack of communication, even though he risscrossed the country and the globe communicating those ideas. The November elections were about eliminating deficit AND debt, not word games. He is one of the Professors of Logado.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Nice to see you're doing well

Nice to see you're doing well on the name calling. Two morons=1 Tron.AARRGHH!!!!The parrot just made that one up.


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