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Democrats and Republicans in Congress will battle over proposed cuts in federal programs in President Obama's proposed FY2012 budget, unveiled on Monday. But the administration, seeking to put its own house in order, is looking for savings in many corners of the U.S. government.

The Obama administration is looking to squeeze a few million in savings from reducing federal travel costs, to eliminating printing expenses to painting the roofs of embassies white.

Some samples of savings the Obama administration is proposing that do not need Congressional approval, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget:

-- The Department of Agriculture would end the express delivery of empty containers to save a little more than $1 million between 2011 and 2015.

-- The Department of Homeland Security would cut out newspaper advertising of public notices of seized property, instead posting notices online, to save $5 million between 2011 and 2015.

-- The State Department would paint the roof of embassies white, to save $5 million between 2011 and 2015.

-- The Environmental Protection Agency would save $25 million by reducing travel costs and increasing teleconferencing between 2011 and 2015.

-- The National Archives and Records Administration would save $16 million between 2011 and 2015 by ending the mailing of the Federal Register to federal government offices. The Federal Register already is posted online.
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If Obama wants to reduce federal travel expenses he should set the example and start by staying home and working instead of the endless speaking tour he has been on since the week he took office. You know, lead by example, not by hypocrisy.

February 14 2011 at 10:42 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I am afraid there will be No meaningful cuts to the deficit and the debt
until we have a new President that understands that 2+2 actually does add up to 4.
This President does not seem to understand ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME and his actions will effect each and every one of us and not in a good way.

February 14 2011 at 10:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Go back to the size of government we had in 1913 when the federal tax rate was 7%.

February 14 2011 at 8:15 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

If he is talking about savings on printing by NOT printing any more DOLLARS...
Then ok by me...otherwise this is an exercise in is a band aid on a missing limb.

February 14 2011 at 6:00 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

no savings for the American people who are doomed to pay the incomprehensible debt, perpetuated by politicians who care only about themselves

February 14 2011 at 4:58 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

reduce federal Travel,,,, Like maybe not use Air force One for all the Vacations and bogus trips

February 14 2011 at 4:03 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

A few million? To most of us that's a ton of money. In relation to the deficit.. It's a grain of salt in a 50lb bag. Same old Same old

February 14 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ldavid217's comment

Click on the debt Clock. 1 million $ is added to dedt every 45 seconds. 1 million is added to federal spending every 2 minutes. The interest owed acumulates at 1 million every 3 minutes. The scariest is Total US debt. Spending plus Interest= 1 million every 30 seconds

February 14 2011 at 3:26 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

The cut is a joke....the deficit will increase $17 trillion in 10 years and Obama want to cut $1.5-$1.7 trillion of that amount. That's pathetic !

February 14 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

What happened to the 25% increase in the Federal Budget over the last few years? Just go back to 2008 budget levels and stop doing the stupid thing that are outlined above and we would save about 900 BILLON A YEAR. This would be in government terms 9
TRILLION OVER TEN YEARS. What is wrong with this president--- I thought he was suppose to be a very smart man. Spending has to stop NOW for us to make it as a nation.

February 14 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to sah5151's comment

Does this mean Obama is parking Air Force 1.?

February 14 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Kenneth's comment

Why should he? Did Reagan?

February 14 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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