April 20th, 2009
09:10 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama to challenge Cabinet to cut $100 million in expenses

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama returns to Washington on Sunday night with his eye back on his domestic agenda and a plan to save government money.

On Monday, Obama will gather his full Cabinet together for the first timeas president and challenge it to cut a total of $100 million in the next 90 days, two senior administration officials said.

The officials spoke anonymously because the announcement had yet to come from the president, who returned Sunday from the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.

The agencies would have to report how they saved on expenses after 90 days, the officials said.

A senior administration official described the edict as part of Obama's "commitment to go line by line through the budget to cut spending" and "reform the government." As House and Senate lawmakers return from recess this week, they are expected to start reconciling their versions of the fiscal 2010 budget resolution. The president's budget request is $3.67 trillion.

In context of the federal budget, $100 million in savings is a small amount, but the White House wants to demonstrate fiscal responsibility.

On Monday, Obama will offer examples of how various agencies have started cost-cutting measures, including:

–The Department of Homeland Security's plan to save an estimated $52 million over five years by purchasing office supplies in bulk.

- The Department of Agriculture's effort to consolidate 1,500 employees from seven locations into a single facility in 2011. It's estimated to save $62 million over a 15-year lease.

- The Veterans Affairs Department's move to cancel or delay 26 conferences, saving nearly $17.8 million. Veterans Affairs also will use video-conferencing to cut costs.

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  1. Had It

    Stop the raises to congress. They get 5 to 7 thousand a year.

    Soc. Sec. people get only 2 to 4 HUNDRED a year increase, and no benefits. Something's wrong.

    April 20, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Truth

    Obama is so bad on foreign affairs.

    April 20, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |

    Another farciful attempt to coverup the tax and spend liberalism!!

    BARAMA was to go "line by line" and expressed huge savings – enuff to "cut the deficit in half in four years". NOW, we see the little Fascist liar is again propagandizing to cover up no plan to cut "programs that are wasteful and unnecessary".

    128 Federal Welfare programs duplicating and layering an impossible dream for over 30 million Illegal Aliens. Whilst millions are forced on unemployment THEY got raises........

    April 20, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. Christopher

    I am sure that they can and will succeed with the challenge. The message is that if they can do it, so can many other people and organizations. Lets start with the Military like Clinton did and seek out the wasteful spending that the republicans wont talk about. This is because their companies are the ones charging the military $9.75 per bolt for what is supposed to be a 9/16th heat resistant bolt... NOT..you can get three boxes of the same bolt from Home Depot for that price.

    April 20, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. Matt in CT

    That ol' Barry is at it again. Why even bother convening all those numbskull cabinet members when $100 million dollars in expense will scarcely make a difference at all? What will Janet Napolitano do without the extra funding to print more euphemisms for terrorism? Can't wait to hear all the "God Bless you , Mr. President" comments from his zombies on this site – all for feigning any interest in spending controls.

    April 20, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. Cindy PA

    What a joke, asking Democrats / the liberals in Congress to cut spending and reform government. This would be the first action this Congress takes that would be good for America. We now have a community organizer / social worker; non American as president that has no clue and is incompetent.

    April 20, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. janey

    He is trying to make himself look good by deleting minute amts of money–the democrats follow him like blind sheep in spite of his embarrassing loving tours to human rights hating nations. No matter how he spins it–this is all about Obama wanting to be stroked around the world. We will pay dearly for his ego.

    April 20, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. Get Real

    He spends money like it's going out of style and he only wants to "challenge" Cabinet to cut $100 MILLION in expenses in 90 days? Yeah. That will help a lot. They'll take 90 days just arguing about why they SHOULD.

    April 20, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. Franky

    This is a joke, right? You mean to tell me we are gonna save money just by cutting some things? You know, for starters, our government doesn't know crap about saving money for starters and second, why does my boy gotta cut speding? What the hell is the difference?? Ohh wait let me guess, it is because of fiscal responsibility, huh? You tell those f-- morons WE know about saving money, none of you do. For the record, we don't save money, O.K? We don't got a piggy bank where we could put in change or something, are you out of your mind? Cutting back?? You guys are a bunch of morons, you wanna talk save money? I made over $22,000 just this weekend alone, that's much more than poor people make in 3 months.

    Who the heck is coming up with these conspiracies about our money? You people are a bunch of f-- morons, as a matter of fact, we want him to spend, we want him to spend money so we can prove to you m---– once again that we are right and you are wrong.

    Ohh my god where is all our money going?? You know where is going?? Up your f-- ass!!!

    Ohh my god help us, we don't know nothing about money, can someone help???

    You know you people dream too much right? Hey, I've been since 4'oclock, you people just complain about about stupid stuff that quite literally is a waste of time, cutting budget?? Are you serious?? Let me guess who's upset...conservatives, huh? Are they upset because of all this fiscal irresponsibility and all the craziness?? Tell em WE said this...keep talking m---–, you're making our job easy and we don't care about you because God doesn't, what a bunch of f-- morons...

    April 20, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Suzann Malveaux is hot. Anyway, this is a good move by the President. I guess this is what he meant by going thru the budget with a scalpel. Let the surgery begin Mr. President.

    April 20, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. republicans hate america

    the rush limbaugh party will no doubt spin this to be a problem.

    April 20, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. tag...

    cut me a break....$100 million.....that's peanuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! obama is a this a joke or are you the joke.

    April 20, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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