Can the Obama White House Commit to Spending Freeze?

The president must prove he can keep the purse strings tight, critics say, or debt won’t go anywhere.

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In order to quell the growing deficit, the White House has proposed a spending freeze, setting limits on a portion of the government’s discretionary funds for a period of three years. Some worry about President Obama’s commitment to the plan--which may require him to veto pork-laden bills that pass through Congress--and note the high rates of spending throughout his first year in office. Critics, according to the Wall Street Journal, say the plan itself, affecting only 17 percent of the overall budget, will not be enough to make a difference on the nation’s debt. Others,  such as Republican Sen. John McCain, feel that despite the plan’s limited reach, it is a step in the right direction.

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