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Obama Said to Call for Cuts in Heating Oil Aid

President Barack Obama will propose cutting $2.5 billion from a program that provides heating oil assistance to the poor in his budget next week, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Under the proposal, which will be included in Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget, money for the program would be reduced from $5.1 billion, the person said on condition of anonymity because the budget has not been released.