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.
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"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.