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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)