Obama Looks to Merge Six Trade, Commerce Agencies into One

January 13, 2012

President Obama, looking to make the federal government leaner, will ask Congress for the authority to merge six trade and commerce agencies, a senior administration official confirmed to The Hill.

Obama will request that lawmakers grant him a reorganizational power that would give him the authority to propose mergers that would look to help consumers save money. The House and Senate would have to grant Obama the authority and then decide whether to approve his ideas in an up or down vote from Congress in 90 days.

The first government reorganization effort in decades, which comes in the first month of a reelection year, is intended to portray Obama as the one trying to make government smaller. By asking Congress to give him approval, Obama hopes to make it difficult for Congress to reject his plan, as Republicans on Capitol Hill might then be the ones seen as blocking an effort to make government smaller and more efficient. 

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