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Obama: 'With or without Congress'

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama requested broader authority from Congress to reorganize some government agencies and elevate one entity to the status of federal agency, promising that he would pursue these goals "with or without Congress."

"So with or without Congress, I'm going to keep at it," President Obama said of his announced effort to streamline government for small businesses. "I'm hopeful it's with Congress because this is an area where we can receive bipartisan support, because making our government more responsive, strategic and leaner should not be a partisan issue," he said in the prepared statement.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., welcomed Obama's apparent interest in making government more efficient, but faulted him for ignoring earlier congressional efforts. "While I have been disappointed that the White House has not embraced earlier bipartisan Congressional efforts seeking collaborative engagement on proposals to reorganize government, I hope this announcement represents the beginning of a sincere and dedicated effort to enact meaningful reforms," he said in a statement.

"Congress needs to reinstate the authority it has given to Democratic and Republican presidents for decades," Obama said. (President Reagan was the last president to have ths requested power to reorganize government bureaucracy.)  "In the meantime," Obama added, "as long as folks are looking for work and small businesses are looking for customers, I will keep doing everything in my power to help."

 

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