WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Thursday he is proposing eliminating or reducing more than 100 government programs from the federal budget.
"We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits don't matter and waste is not our problem," Obama said in a speech at the White House.
He cited a defense program, a literacy program and a Department of Education office in Paris as examples.
He said the cuts are no criticism of the staff of the targeted programs.
"There are many, many people doing valuable work for our government across the country and around the world. And it's important that we support these folks," he said. "This is not a criticism of them."