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Obama had only one way around that, which was to introduce what he called the Consolidating and Reforming Act of 2012, a bill that would allow his administration to draft a plan for streamlining and modernizing the government that couldn’t be altered by lawmakers but was subject to an up or down vote by the House and Senate – a power last held by President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. Mark Warner, D-Va., and then independent senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. Congress had absolutely no interest in surrendering control, and there were so many committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction that in the end it just didn’t happen,” said Donald Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a former consultant to the House Budget Committee and a handful of federal agencies.