If Obama were serious about consolidating agencies to trim government power ... as opposed to just picking a fight with Congress to make himself look good for reelection ... then Obama would have done some prep work with people in his own party. People in both parties and both houses of congress have objections to things like merging the nimble USTR into the Commerce Dept. bureaucracy, and of course leaders of the Senate are protective of their filibuster power. Apparently Obama omitted such common sense things as asking senators how they would feel about the consequences if his political maneuver didn't work and he lost reelection and they had to deal with a Republican president's decisions and no filibuster. This is another of many times that Obama has made some grand proclamation which is guaranteed to cause more tension ... tension he could have avoided if he had talked with more people first. He wants friction.