Obama Seeking Reorganization Authority | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Obama Seeking Reorganization Authority

Play associated audio

President Obama is asking Congress to give him the power to shake up the federal bureaucracy. He wants all presidents to be given an up or down vote on any reorganization plan within 90 days of sending a proposal to the Capitol.

Virginia Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith says he ought to be working more closely with Congress on the plan.

"He brings a bill over here that makes sense, I'm sure we'll look at it," says Griffith. "I think there needs to be some reorganization, but we're not going to just let him do it willy-nilly, and it's not going to be do it my way or the highway, which this president seems to think is the only way to do things. I think he thought when he won the presidency he got an imperial edict."

The president says by reorganizing the Commerce Department alone, he can save $3 billion. Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly says the president's plan makes sense.

"I think within reason every president should be given some latitude to try to reorder government in light of new technologies, new realities, new challenges," says Connolly.

With Congress divided it's unlikely the president's proposal is going anywhere anytime soon.

NPR

In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.
NPR

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.
NPR

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Golf is a sport that's been enjoyed by both Democrats and Republicans through the decades, but bipartisan golf outings may be disappearing like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.
NPR

What Does It Take To Feel Secure?

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier says there's a big difference between feeling secure and being secure. He explains why we worry about unlikely dangers while ignoring more probable risks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.