Obama Will Use State of the Union to Call for Five-Year Freeze on Non-Security Discretionary Spending

President Obama will call for a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending during his State of the Union address to Congress late Tuesday, a White House official told Fox News.

“As a down payment toward reducing the deficit, the president is calling for a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending. In areas outside the freeze, we also will be looking for cuts and efficiencies,” the official said, citing a five-year plan developed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to cut $78 billion from the Pentagon budget.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spokesman Don Stewart expressed cautious optimism about the proposal.

“At first blush, it appears the president has realized his budget requests have been too big. We’ll wait to see the details,” Stewart said.

Obama is under pressure from the public and lawmakers to cut spending. Several Republican lawmakers have proposed cutting $100 billion from Obama’s budget for the current year.

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