Restore earmark spending to pre-1994 levels (Comments)
"Barack Obama is committed to returning earmarks to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994." — Obama's "The Change We Need In Washington"
Cut federal contract spending by at least 10 percent (Comments)
"Barack Obama will reform federal contracting and reduce the number of contractors, saving $40 billion a year." — Obama's "The Change We Need In Washington"
Improve contracting operations (Comments)
"Barack Obama will hire more contract managers and improve training." — Obama's "The Change We Need In Washington"
Cut waste in federal budget (Comments)
"I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less…" — 8/28/08, Denver
Pay for job programs by cutting spending elsewhere (Comments)
"I'll pay for every part of this job-creation agenda by ending this war in Iraq that's costing us billions, closing tax loopholes for corporations, putting a price on carbon pollution, and ending George Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans." — 2/24/08, Lorain, Ohio
Reinstate pay-as-you-go budget rules (Comments)
"Obama will reinstate pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budget rules, so that new spending or tax cuts are paid for by spending cuts or new revenue elsewhere." — Obama's Blueprint for Change