Obama Seeks Power To Merge Agencies

A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will ask Congress for more power to streamline the government by merging agencies.

And if Obama gets the fast-track power he wants, his first proposal would be to combine since sprawling trade and commerce operations into one.

The official says Obama is seeking what the White House is calling a consolidation authority. It would allow the president to present specific cost-saving proposals to Congress and get a guaranteed up-or-down vote within 90 days. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement by the president later Friday.

Obama's first idea is to merge six departments and agencies that focus on commerce and trade.

The goal would be to save money and help businesses by dumping duplicative programs and Web sites.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    Anybody but obama..one and done!
  • by Once again Location: enc on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:27 PM
    The GOP has accused Democrats of expanding government. The government grew under Bush more than any president since WWII! The GOP has accused Democrats of raising taxes. Obama gave the largest tax cut to the Middle class in history and has cut taxes to small businesses 16 times! The GOP has accused Democrats of being soft on terror-yet we know who has managed to kill the leading terrorists. The GOP has accused Obama as being soft on illegal immigration-yet he has arrested more illegals every year than Bush did. Now, he has proposed to streamline government and save money and what happens? The know-nothings here just yell "no". The GOP leaders are just saying-"we need to look into it". As November approaches-remember these facts!
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 14, 2012 at 03:37 PM in reply to Once again
      Really! So where did you get that bit of information from, movon or mediamatters? Did you know Bush starved old people and babies too? I hear he threw grandma off a cliff and made his dogs drink koolaid. You post and the other here, that is worthless information. Can you post facts and real links, seems the CBO says you are liars like most that post here on such matters but I will give you a break...wink!
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        by and... on Jan 15, 2012 at 09:10 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        the Dubya did worse than that started two wars that we are still paying for , you revisionist GoP tinfoil hat is still on or you would recognize that. Time to end the other George DuBYa war. Too bad he didnt listen to his daddy as he was one of the better presidents, just cant drive a boat
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to and...
          I will ask again since you seem to forget, when did Bush get the authority to start any war? This is why your hooey goes to the wayside, you just don't know how government works. You are so caught up with Bush, you are blind to what is going on in the whitehouse. This is why the GOP will take back over, people are sick of it. So you are saying paying gas over 3 dollars a gallon is worth it? Prices at the grocery stores is much higher than under Bush, its worth it? All the rest of us, the majority, only see the debt, the damage and the continued degradation to America based on you poor ability to vote. You didn't even know who he was. Tells me sheep like to be led and you will be led to the slaughter in 2012. For the second week in a row, a generic Republican candidate holds a four-point lead over President Obama in an Election 2012 matchup, this time for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 8. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters would support the generic Republican candidate if the presidential election were held today, while 43% would vote for Obama. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Give him a break??? Once Again stated facts!!!!why is it you cannot comprehend facts? Your life revolves around your rhetoric.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
    no, lets talk about abuse of power and excutive orders, under obuma! he has used his executive order powers alot when congress doesn't give him what he wants! btw he's been in office over 3 years, so why is he JUST NOW wanting to slim the goverment as "save money", he sure didn't care about it until now! please barslow and opinion-man tell us why he just now wants to save money when he had 3 years to do it.
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      by To anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM in reply to
      Why don't you tell us why the GOP is against Cap and Trade when it was first passed in 1990 under the Clean Air Act by GHW Bush? Why was Romney the creator of the mandated health care in Mass., but against it now? Why did Romney run for governor by saying he was "better for gay rights than Ted", but now opposes gay rights? Why was Romeny in favor of a woman's right to choose, but is now pro-life? Why does the GOP claim to be more "fiscally responsible", yet it has historically been their administrations that doubled our debt and fought wars that were "unpaid for"? Why does the GOP claim to make us safer when it was under Bush that we were attacked? Why does the GOP scream about "welfare" when the taxpayers have made billionaires out of people like Romney with tax subsidies paid to corporations? Why does Romney refuse to release something so simple as his tax return? (maybe he didn't pay any or all those accounts over seas will be hard to explain!)
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 14, 2012 at 03:44 PM in reply to To anonymous
        Cap and Trade was passed the first time until we found out they were pathological liars spear headed by Al Gore to make billions of dollars off the average taxpayer or fool....calling it as I see it. Which were you? Enjoy the global cooling, you were lied to and gullible enough to believe it when so many made billions on your comments. Doesn't it just make you feel used?
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          by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Does this guy lies in an alternate universe or something. Snake Oil Tinfold Hat Company is more fitting.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jan 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    I know we don't want to talk about "abuse of power" and executive orders after 8 years of Bush. LOL. There is just not enough room here. You're lucky you have any civil rights left. Here is one of my favorite Obama executive orders, "In one of his first official acts as president, Barack Obama has overturned a controversial executive order in which former President George W. Bush limited public access to presidential records. President Obama also ordered federal agencies today to look for ways to comply with requests for documents sought under the Freedom of Information Act, in contrast to the practices of the Bush administration." Seems like George Jr. had some things he wanted to hide, huh?
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      by WOW on Jan 13, 2012 at 01:53 PM in reply to Barlow
      And now he's wanting the power to unilatterally change the structure of the government. And the Furer said "this will be my last territorial demand". Sound familiar?
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        by To WOW! on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:51 PM in reply to WOW
        Consolidating departments does NOT change the "structure of government"~! Hey, your candidates are claiming they are going to ELIMINATE Three!! (or four)
  • by PleaseExcuseBarlow Location: Nightrain on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    He sounds like someone who gets all his political information from his racist preacher/minister whatever.
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      by To Please on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:28 PM in reply to PleaseExcuseBarlow
      read The Book of Mormon lately?
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    More hype and less honesty (if that's possible) from the most dishonest and corrupt individual ever to be elected to the presidency. Question: How can you tell when Obama is lying? Answer: When he opens his mouth. It's hard to believe some of you people still support this socialist demagogue unless you're on the government dole. He could care less about the middle class. The people he looks out for are the career welfare crowd, ACORN activists and union thugs.
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      by doc on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM in reply to Ben
      same goes for bush when we would see his face on tv you knew a lie was coming out of his mouth and im not on the govt dole i work . bush didnt care about the middle class and if u think he did u need to turn your tv off the fox channel. cant believe that witn didnt post the story about freightliner hiring 1100 people back to work in nc plus more supplying parts to them.
  • by cj on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    on the surface and at first glance, this would seem to be a great idea. streamline repetative services eliminate wasteful salary duplication, etc. all for it. but why does he need "new powers" to do this? he could start with one of the many bureaucratic offices and departments he's already created. or merely trim michelle's staff...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    isn't it convient that after 3 years of spend, spend, spend... he all of a sudden has an idea to save money. More lies from the chief liar himself. I wouldn't let him merge anything because the fine print would be loaded with liberal socialist ideas.
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      by To anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:29 PM in reply to
      Sorry, but he still hasn't spent the money Bush did!
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:14 AM in reply to To anonymous
        No one is that naieve...really....you mean no one told you yet?
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          by and... on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:53 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Even if you did take off your tinfoil hat , george "Two war " bush will not be invited to the GOP party . Maybe if you dont try to make him your hero you will have a better chance getting another Klown elected- Naw, just keep saying revisionist history comments everyone knows you wear the tinfoil hat at this point.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    Save money, sounds like a RON PAUL idea... too little, too late, obama had his chance and we are still in a war wasting money... 8 months we are out, 16 months... um, what war? Hey... lets build a slave memorial in alabama during a great recession!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    Why not? Look what he did on New Year's Day. He can detain American citizens if he even thinks they are a threat. We are looking at the New Improved Hitler.
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      by To anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:07 AM in reply to
      That "provision" was a "rider" put in the bill by the GOP and Obama was against it!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:38 AM in reply to To anonymous
        sure,sure, right, right that's what dImocrats always say.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:48 AM in reply to To anonymous
        If he's against it.. why did he use it ? Why hasn't he gotten it removed from the law ? You're just another blindless follower.
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          by To anoymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:29 PM in reply to
          Why? Because the GOP was holding the tax cut to the middle class hostage!
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