In Chamber of Commerce speech, Obama mentions reorganization, regulation plans
VIDEO | By The Associated Press
President Obama reiterated Monday that his plans to reorganize the federal government will begin with the 12 agencies responsible for trade.
Speaking before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Obama said he's pushing to make the government "more effective and customer-friendly."
"In the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive America," Obama said. "And we want to start with the 12 different agencies that deal with America's exports. If we hope to help our businesses sell more goods around the world, we should ensure we are all pulling in the same direction."
His comments echo plans he first outlined two weeks ago in his State of the Union address.
Obama also reminded business leaders that he's ordered a review of regulations that may be stifling economic growth.
"Already we're dramatically cutting down on the paperwork that saddles businesses with huge administrative costs," he said. "We're improving the way FDA evaluates things like medical devices, to get innovative and life-saving treatments to market faster. And the EPA, based on the need for further scientific analysis, delayed the greenhouse gas permitting rules for biomass."
Obama also said he is set to propose a five-year freeze on annual domestic spending that should cut the deficit by more than $400 billion in the next decade. The freeze would bring federal spending down to the lowest share of the U.S. economy since the Eisenhower administration, he said.
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| February 7, 2011; 12:03 PM ET
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