January 13th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

White House: Obama seeks more power to shrink government

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for more power to shrink the federal government, a White House official said Friday.

Obama plans to speak at 11:20 a.m. about his plans to make the federal government "leaner, smarter and more consumer-friendly," the official said.

The president's proposal includes plans to combine several agencies that focus on commerce and trade.

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