NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In his State of the Union address to the joint houses of government last night, US President Barack Obama proposed beginning to address the problem of massive national budget deficits by imposing a spending freeze on discretionary, non-military spending for three years, beginning with the 2011 fiscal year.

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