Lawmakers provide some glimmers of hope in Washington
December 15th, 2013
11:24 AM ET
11 months ago

Lawmakers provide some glimmers of hope in Washington

Washington (CNN) – That warm and fuzzy feeling lawmakers had on Capitol Hill last week for doing their jobs and finally passing a budget continued into the weekend, as the architects of the deal patted each other on the back for a job well done.

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill based on a bipartisan agreement crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate’s Budget Committee.

"We wanted to try to get this divided government to work at least at a minimum basic functioning level," Ryan said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

"We didn't get everything we wanted, but I'll tell you, what we did get is certainty for the next two years," Murray said.

The basic agreement would soften the so-called “sequester cuts” while raising some airline fees, shrinking retirement benefits to veterans and forcing new federal workers to contribute more to their pensions.

The bill has moved to the Senate and while the vote there will be tight, it is expected to pass.

Murray said compromise and respect were key in the negotiations, two things which are sometimes in short supply in Washington.

"One of the things we had to do was to listen to each other. And to respect each other. And to trust each other. A lot of the discussions in this room, either of us could have taken out and blown up and killed the other person politically. We agreed from the start we wouldn't do that," Murray said.

Despite all the compromise, there are still some issues the two can’t agree on.

"I wish I could go back and change the result of the elections," Ryan said.

"We disagree on that," countered Murray.

– CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. king

    this is a straight killer for the dems, because people doesn't reward those who are on their sides already, they reward those who start act rationally. i see disastrous election for dems this election. and so we just have to brace for the next three years of doing nothing. the repubs will start to act rationally when election days nears, because they're only mission is power and giving money to their corporate lackeys to outsource to china and hell with the fools that elected them. can they say jobs jobs jobs, this time around, or will it be a fake promise of bipartisanship. lets see folks because that jobs jobs jobs thing wont work this time.

    December 15, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. BJ

    You mean like "Now you see it, now you don't?"

    December 15, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Peppy

    Blame Bammy, the senate the house. bottom line none of them can find their own backsides!!!!

    December 15, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. RonL

    There will be nothing of significance done in either direction until December 2014. The Republican politicians can not be seen as compromising on anything major, the Democrats see this and will have to continually push for a raise in the minimum wage, closing tax loopholes for the rich to fund new infrastructure projects, highlighting the way the Republicans have been challenging Americans ability to vote, women's right to chose, passing a comprehensive immigration bill, and resisting increasing the degree of background checks for purchasing a gun. These are ALL issues MOST Americans would like to see implemented and the Republicans are blocking them all. Let me make this clear, if the ACA is functioning for even 5 million Americans the Democrats will win the House and keep control of the Senate!!!

    December 15, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Better then nothing, GOP get rid of the hated confederate teaparty losers!!!!

    December 15, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Nothing has really changed. The bar has been set very low to reduce expectations. The glimmer of hope is just an illusion like a dim candle in the dark.

    December 15, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The House sold out the people.........again.

    December 15, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    USA is better off if it removes all congress thugs.

    December 15, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Norma Vessels

    I still can't believe Senator Murray stood still for the cut in the Military pensions. Paul Ryan must have threatened there would be no budget at all if she didn't go along with that. I guess Senator Murray figured the cuts wouldn't be as bad as another Government shut down, and nothing done about the Sequester. Paul Ryan is no good for anyone, but himself and the rich.

    December 15, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. BECKYD

    rs –
    lets review: The democrats want to tax more so they can spend more and more and more and more.
    Nobody demands an ID when you buy a gun on the street – and you think laws will change that?
    It is the least productive congress in history and I am glad of it, because someone has to put the brakes on spending – somehow – and democrats refuse to cut anything to make room for spending someplace else, and there are a tens of thousands of wasteful/stupid things that could be cut to help the economy.
    They didn't pass laws denying women control of their own bodies – they tried to pass laws saying the rest of Americans shouldn't have to pay for what you want to do with your own body.
    No American is denied the right to vote unless they are under the age of 18 – if you are over age 18 how in heck do you function without an ID of some kind? Should you have to show an ID vote, absolutely!
    The GOP has not voted for any so called stimulus bills – which, if you recall, was a lot of money that just disappeared into thin air.
    I have never once heard someone say that gun deaths are an acceptable cost of doing business – other than Obama and Holder – remember fast & furious? or conveniently forgotten?
    Republican or democrat politicians are egomaniacs there for the money and the notoriety. The majority are multi millionaires and getting richer every day and the majority of those are democrats. So if you think they are sympathizing with 'real' Americans, think again.

    December 15, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. simplyput

    Do the math; for the few with preexisting conditions that gain ACA or Medicaid coverage, millions will lost coverage they were perfectly happy with. No one has elections in the bag anymore. Acorn was busted, remember?

    December 15, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Iamnotfooled

    Take the subsidies out of the big corporations, not off the backs of the veterans and the poor. Democrats will do that. Republicans will not. Vote accordingly.

    December 15, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  13. Thomas

    @Peppy
    Blame Bammy, the senate the house. bottom line none of them can find their own backsides!!!!

    ========

    Cruz / Peppy 2016
    It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

    December 16, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The desperate Guns Over People tea potty lose again. Lyin Ryan told them to win one election.

    December 16, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |