Obama Wants Power to Merge 6 Trade Agencies
Move aims to cut down on government bureaucracy
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 13, 2012 8:39 AM CST
President Barack Obama stands with John Bryson, his nominee to be the next Commerce Secretary, right, and current Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, May 31, 2011, in the White House State Dining Room.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama will today announce a plan to mash together six federal agencies—including the Commerce Department—in an effort to simplify the government's sprawling regulatory bureaucracy. Obama can't actually make the move without Congressional approval, however, so he intends to ask Congress for a special reorganizational power—last held by Ronald Reagan—that would allow him to propose mergers and guarantee him an up-or-down vote on each merger from Congress within 90 days. The Wall Street Journal reports that some lawmakers may be wary of granting the Obama this fast-track authority, as they wouldn't be permitted to amend any of his proposals.

The plan would merge Commerce with the Small Business Administration, the Office of the US Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Trade and Development Agency. Obama first proposed this reorganization almost a year ago, but got hung up on various obstacles and details. Not least among those: The still unresolved question of what to do with the Census Bureau and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, current Commerce entities unrelated to trade or business.

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Snowleopard
Jan 13, 2012 2:16 PM CST
whats the bet that the republican will still try to find a way to spin this as socialism and block it just to screw with obama?
eow182
Jan 13, 2012 1:31 PM CST
Oh wow, this could eliminate a whopping 1,000 jobs and cut $3 billion dollars over ten years. He'd better slow down or we might actually have a surplus. I'm glad he's trying something but this could hardly even qualify as a reduction. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-propose-combining-agencies-to-shrink-federal-government/2012/01/13/gIQAHsLqvP_story.html?hpid=z1
serfinWI
Jan 13, 2012 1:03 PM CST
Leaner and meaner. Sounds like Big Brother. The more consolidated, the easier to control with less 'recess' appointees to make. The first step of a dictator wanna be.