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Woodward: Budget deal worked because Obama ‘not part of the negotiations’ [Video]

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward has a theory for why Republicans and Democrats in the Congress were able to agree on a budget: President Barack Obama was far away from the negotiating table.

“I think this deal worked, quite frankly — let’s go right to the center of this — because Obama was not part of the negotiations,” Woodward said on Fox News Sunday. “He is not a good negotiator.”

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democrat Sen. Patty Murray announced a bipartisan budget deal on Tuesday evening to prevent another government shutdown.

The deal has outraged some conservatives: While the across-the-board spending cuts to government agencies in the Budget Control Act capped 2014 spending levels at $967 billion, the Ryan-Murray deal raises that spending level to $1.012 trillion with the promise of new cuts to government spending over time.

The deal passed the House last week and is expected to come up for a vote this week in the Senate.

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