State Of The Union: Government Overlap

By WEEK Producer

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As President Obama prepares for his third
State of the Union address, a familiar topic is likely to be included.

In his State of the Union address to Congress last year, President Obama cited the problem with government overlap.

Last week he requested special authority that will allow him to rearrange things as he sees fit. No president has been given such authority in the past 30 years.

Eighth District Congressman Aaron Schock said President Obama's plan is good in theory, but it needs to address more.

"I think there's enormous potential in that area," said Schock. "I'm excited the President has identified at least one area that he is going to lead on, but I think you're going to see some activity in the next couple of months from the House on a whole host of other agencies that could be consolidated."

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