Obama to tout education, research, roads

2011-01-22 09:28

Washington – US President Barack Obama will ask for more spending on education, research and infrastructure such as roads in the next week’s State of the Union speech, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

The newspaper said Obama, a Democrat, also would suggest targeted spending cuts, although not as deep as the $100 billion (R702 billion) sought by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

The president will deliver the speech on Tuesday evening.

Obama’s proposals could include initiatives to build the renewable energy sector and improve roads, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the speech.

Money to restructure the testing mandates of the “No Child Left Behind” law, which is aimed at improving public schools, could be included.

Duplicative or dysfunctional federal programs would be among the president’s proposed spending cuts but details were not immediately available, said the report.

Obama proposed a two-year wage freeze for many federal employees last year and he has tried to cut farm subsidies and military spending.

A unidentified White House official told the newspaper the administration is considering matching grants and other private-public cooperation that would encourage work on renewable energy and scientific research.

The areas are vital to long-term growth. said the official.

Early this week, Obama ordered a review to weed out unreasonable federal regulations.

And yesterday, he named Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric, as a top economic advisor on US jobs and competitiveness.

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