US President Barack Obama
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President Obama targets 'bureaucratic maze'

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress for the authority to consolidate trade and business related parts of the federal government to untangle what he called a bureaucratic maze.

He said he wanted to merge six departments and agencies into one, in a move that would effectively eliminate the Commerce Department.

"With this authority, we would help businesses grow, save businesses time and save taxpayer dollars," he said.