President Barack Obama will ask Congress for greater power to limit the size of the Federal government. His first initiative concerns the merger of six sprawling trade and commerce agencies, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, Administration officials noted that the overlapping programs of the agencies can be baffling to businesses. Obama will call on Congress to give him the type of reorganizational power that was last held by former President Ronald Reagan.
The AP reported that the Obama version of this power would be the authority to propose mergers that would promise to save money and help American consumers. It would then be up to lawmakers to give the President this fast-track ability and decide whether to approve any of his ideas.
ABC News reported that this type of declaration by the President is similar to his January 2011 State of the Union Address. Here he noted that government overlap produced inefficiency and needed to be reformed.
“The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater,” he quipped during the speech.