January 25th, 2011
01:44 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a move aimed at tackling the bulging federal deficit, a senior administration official said President Obama will call for a "five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending," during his State Of The Union address Tuesday night.
Mr. Obama also plans to look for other areas to cut and make the government more efficient, the official said.
One example already in motion, a five-year plan from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to get $78 billion in defense savings.
Republicans have been putting pressure on the White House to focus more heavily on spending cuts and reforms, arguing that the recent "spending binge" has hampered job creation.