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UPDATE 1-Obama budget freeze covers only certain areas
January 25, 2011 / 5:55 PM / 7 years ago

UPDATE 1-Obama budget freeze covers only certain areas

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WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A proposed freeze on spending by President Barack Obama covers non-security, discretionary spending, the White House said on Tuesday.

ABC News reported earlier that Obama’s State of the Union speech would propose an overall budget freeze.

But a White House official clarified that the freeze that he will discuss is part of a call for “a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending.”

“In areas outside the freeze, we also will be looking for cuts and efficiencies,” the official said. “For instance, the president is putting forward a five-year plan developed by Secretary Gates to achieve $78 billion in defense savings.”

The president previously proposed a three-year spending freeze on many domestic programs in his budget proposal last February.

The proposed defense were also announced previously. (Writing by Caren Bohan; editing by Anthony Boadle)

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