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The president wants $100 Million cut, good start??

At the first Cabinet meeting of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Monday will challenge departments to collectively cut $100 million over the next three months, a senior administration official said.

The official said the exercise is “part of his commitment to go line by line through the budget to cut spending and reform government.”

“Agencies will be required to report back with their savings at the end of 90 days,” the official said.

Examples of savings that agencies have begun to implement already that the president will point to during the 11:30 a.m. meeting:

• The Department of Veterans Affairs has cancelled or delayed 26 conferences, saving nearly $17.8 million. The department will be using less expensive alternatives, like video conferencing.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:03 PM on Apr. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to combine 1,500 employees from seven office locations into a single facility in 2011, saving $62 million over a 15-year lease term.

    • The Department of Homeland Security estimates that it can save up to $52 million over five years just by purchasing office

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:03 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Sounds good to me, but the naysayers will find fault in it.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:04 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Couldn't fit the rest of my question...So its a start, but why haven't these things been done already??
    This is not about just the previous admin. WHY have they bben aloud to waste money with no accountability? This has been going on for decades.....Is there an auditor for government spending??

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:05 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • It's a start, but it's like have 75K in debt, and paying it down by $1.50. It really makes very little difference in the size of the deficit, and the spending keeps going, and going, and going.....

    Answer by mancosmomma at 8:06 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • it really is not going to make any difference, he has already spent and wants to keep on spending. it would be cool if he would stop spending and cut back. that is what we need right now.

    Answer by mrssundin at 8:09 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • I think it's stepping over dollars to pick up dimes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:15 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • drop...drop...drop...drop...drop...just a drop in the bucket.

    Great, but this should have been done a long long time ago.

    I find 100 mil laughable though considering in the months time he has outspent all the presiden't in history combined.

    What they need to do is stop adding programs, cut spending or eliminate programs and just say no to pork.............all pork for at least a year.

    At our house if we don't have the money we don't spend it. We have got to get past this gotta have it now way of living. It is bankrupting us. If we go bankrupt we will be ripe for a takeover from someplace like China or Russia. Is that what we want?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:16 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • The cutting needs to start with the obvious little things that Washington does not want to deal with. I worked for a County Agency for years and there are many things that can go that will cut the spending but still help the people. Private use of government vehicles. Chit sheets for lunches that are really just friendly lunch gatherings. No more wet bars. No more private jets. No more fancy lunches catered that we pay for. Cut electricity usage by practicing what they preach. Only uniform allowance for the maintenance crews. There are many things that can be done that will help the spending and will also get the job done. I wonder what happens when we start with the line by line and dismantle programs. Obama has promised that but I think we need to start with some of this other outrageous stuff first.

    Answer by foreverb3 at 8:18 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Just an example of what I am talking about and I am not singling anyone out. Nancy Pelosi flies back and forth on an aircraft that costs thousands of dollars a pop. She could fly first class, get to California in the same amount of time, on a commercial airliner. There is money saved. If 50 employees use a government vehicle and use it for private use also that is gallons of gasoline. Let's say each person uses 100 gallons of gasoline a month for personal use. It adds up. The there are the chit sheets. Let's say 20 assistants each take a friend to lunch 3 times a week and the lunches each total $50.00. Then their is the wet bar for the senate and congress. Let's say they have 4 communal ones. Each one has 100 bottles of alchol and each fridge has 3 cases of beer. It does not sound like alot but all these little things add up in the course of a year.

    Answer by foreverb3 at 8:27 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • How about cutting government growth? Everything the government does costs 4 times more than in the private sector. Unfortunately, this goes against the administration's agenda.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:27 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

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