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Griffin backs idea of merging federal agencies
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas says he generally supports the idea of merging federal agencies to trim the size of government, but says he wants more details on a White House proposal to give the president authority to make those changes.

Griffin said Friday that he thinks similar mergers should happen throughout federal government. President Barack Obama announced he wanted to merge six major trade and commerce agencies with overlapping programs. The Commerce Department would be among those that would cease to exist.

Griffin and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor spoke separately to members of the Arkansas Municipal League at the group's winter conference. Both focused primarily on proposals that they say will help spur job creation.

Democratic Congressman Mike Ross was expected to address the group later Friday.

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