While the proposal could provide a modest political boost to Obama this year, it could prove even more useful to a Republican president intent on shrinking government far more than Obama. It would be easier to eliminate departments and rework agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau many Republicans want reworked or disbanded.
Several senior Democratic aides said their bosses were not given a heads up about the plan. One suggested that the plan made sense politically in the short term for the president, but could cause problems down the line for Democrats should they end up in the minority with a Republican president.
Nonetheless, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a vaguely worded statement of support.
"Republicans and Democrats have called for government reforms on behalf of efficiency; that is why I hope Congress acts without delay on President Obama's proposal in a bipartisan way," she said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not comment today. He is scheduled to appear Sunday on "Meet the Press."
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.