UPDATE 1-Obama to freeze salaries of top W.House officials

(Updates with details)

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. President Barack Obama
will freeze the salaries of senior White House officials and
other top political appointees for savings of $4 million in
fiscal 2011, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

The official told Reuters that Obama, in his State of the
Union address on Wednesday, would likely mention the move,
which will expand on the pay freeze he ordered last year.

That freeze affected White House staff earning more than
$100,000 a year. It will be expanded to include political
appointees working across the executive branch and in all
agencies. The total number of people affected will be 1,200 for
a saving of $4 million in fiscal 2011 beginning Oct. 1, the
official said.

For the second year in a row, Obama will also eliminate
bonuses for political staff across the executive branch, which
will affect 3,000 people, the official said on condition of
anonymity.

“Across the country, families and companies are making
tough choices and the president is asking political appointees
to be part of a government that is more careful and responsible
with taxpayers’ dollars,” the official said. “These are
difficult times.”

Obama, who is under public pressure to rein in the record
U.S. deficit and government spending, is also expected to
announce a three-year freeze on spending on some domestic
programs, saving $250 billion by 2020, officials told Reuters
earlier.

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(Reporting by Ross Colvin; Editing by Peter Cooney)

UPDATE 1-Obama to freeze salaries of top W.House officials