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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.

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