Obama: Budget 'shouldn't be that complicated' 

President Obama said on Friday that a budget compromise in Congress "shouldn't be that complicated."

 "We've probably lost some time and we may not be able to fully resolve this [and meet] next week's deadline for the continuing resolution, which means there may be one more [continuing resolution]," Obama said. But "our expectation is that we should be able to get this completed."

Lawmakers are trying to work out a deal to fund the federal government through September, the end of the current fiscal year. The chief hangup is that Republicans are looking for spending cuts that go far beyond what Democrats would allow.

Obama stressed that both Democrats and Republicans must compromise, but added, "There are going to be certain things that the House Republicans want that I won't accept." He cited Pell grants as a program he wouldn't budge on. 

Obama then accused Republicans of inserting a social agenda into the budget debate, in one of his first public rebukes of the party in weeks.  

"Let's not try to sneak political agendas into a budget debate," he said. "If Republicans are interested in social agendas they want to promote" they should write their proposals into a bill, he added.

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