Obama to call for five-year spending freeze
January 25th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Obama to call for five-year spending freeze

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.

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  1. Nellie

    Republicans rule the day!!

    January 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    Until he is willing to cut Social Security, MediCade MediCare and lower amount borrowed (in other words it would lower the interest rates paid) this is pointless. We need across the board 10% cut. When is a president going to do the right thing for the nation, excuse the metaphor but 'take one for the team' and make the real cuts this country needs.

    Some how we can find and train a million troops to fight and die for this country but our presidents are political wimps.
    If he loves his country and is willing to fight for it then do the right thing and do not be concerned with reelections or popularity.

    January 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm |