President Obama told a Google+ hangout he wants to eliminate the penny.
The president said the penny was a good metaphor for other inefficiencies in Washington that become institutionalized.
“Any time we’re spending money on something people aren’t going to use, that’s something that should change,” Obama added.
He argued he has asked Congress for the authority to reorganize inefficient agencies to perpetuate a more modern federal infrastructure, but said until Congress grants him that authority, it was up to them to act on eliminating the penny.
“The penny is something I need legislation for, and frankly given all the big issues, we’re not able to get to it,” he said.