Washington: "We Have A Deal"

It's something you don't hear too often on Capitol Hill, "we have a deal".

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray have announced a bi-partisan agreement on a new two year budget plan.

However, the big question is if the deal can make it through Congress.
It's hard to believe it really happened, but the Republican and Democratic budget chairmen appeared together to announce a compromise.

"This agreement makes sure that we don't have a government shutdown scenario in January. It makes sure we don't have another shutdown scenario in October. It makes sure that we don't lurch from crisis to crisis," said Rep. Paul Ryan.

"We made a conscious decision to as chairman Ryan said in the few short weeks we've had to focus on where we can agree," said Sen. Patty Murray.

To be sure, where they can agree is a start, but it's modest.

It reduces the deficit by $23 billion, sets budget levels for the next 2 years, eliminating some arbitrary, unpopular spending cuts and pays for the increased spending in part by hiking airline fees, and forcing federal workers and military personnel to contribute more to their pensions.

"In divided government, you don't always get what you want. That said, we still can make progress toward our goals."

Sources in both parties say they hope a short term reprieve from countdown clocks to economic crisis will allow negotiations to take a root on the big problems ballooning America’s debt and deficit entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid.

Even this small deal is not going over well on the left or right.

Before it was even announced, multiple conservative grass roots groups sent letters urging republicans to vote no because it does increase spending levels.

"As a conservative, I think this is a step in the right direction," said Rep. Ryan.

Senator Marco Rubio, a potential opponent to Paul Ryan for a 2016 presidential nomination, was quick to trash his deal, saying it "continues Washington’s irresponsible budgeting decisions."

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