President Barack Obama will propose that Congress adopt a 5-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending, extending a previous call for a 3-year freeze, senior administration officials said, according to reports.
The proposal will be made Tuesday night at his State of the Union Address, the officials said. The President will also endorse his top defense official's proposal to cut the Pentagon's budget by $78 million over five years.
Obama is expected to speak broadly about the federal government's fiscal woes as the U.S. faces a nearly $14 trillion debt overall and a $1.3 trillion federal deficit for fiscal 2011.
Late last year, the President's own deficit commission of current and former lawmakers issued wide-ranging recommendations to address the problem, urging policy changes in spending for health care, Social Security, the federal government's discretionary and mandatory spending, and taxes.