(CNN) - "We have broken through the partisanship and the gridlock," Sen. Patty Murray, one of two chief budget negotiators, said of Tuesday's deal to avoid another government shutdown.
Murray, a Democrat from Washington state serving her fourth term, is considered a steady hand in the Senate who shuns grandstanding and garners respect from both sides of the aisle.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican involved in budget talks, told reporters Tuesday that negotiators were closing in on a deal with a Friday deadline for doing so fast approaching.
"We're making really good progress. We're getting close. Don't have a timeline for you," Ryan said.
Washington (CNN) - Note to anyone watching the high-stakes, trillion-dollar budget talks in Washington: you can take a break from constantly checking for a deal. Senior Republican and Democratic aides tell CNN that the two leaders running negotiations have left Washington for the weekend and any agreement is not expected until next week.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has returned to Wisconsin and Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray is in Washington state, the aides confirm.
Washington (CNN) – The Republican congressman and Democratic senator charged with hashing out a federal budget deal are "closer" to an agreement but not there yet, according to senior aides in both parties.
A senior Democratic aide tells CNN that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray met Wednesday afternoon and are narrowing down the issues in a potential spending deal.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional budget talks have entered a pivotal phase with some lawmakers working to lower expectations. But the two top negotiators and their staff have outlined how a possible deal, if they agree on one, could get through the House and Senate.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Washington, are leading a conference committee convened to work out differences between House and Senate budget resolutions.
The marquee issue is more forced spending cuts, or sequester, set to take effect in mid-January.
(CNN) - Gov. Scott Walker said that fellow Wisconsinite Rep. Paul Ryan is the exception the his ideal Republican 2016 presidential candidate being from outside the Washington beltway.
Walker, a potential 2016 hopeful himself, recently told ABC that his ideal standard bearer for the GOP in the next presidential election would be an "outsider" and "former or current governor."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin wasted no time on Tuesday swatting away a question about whether the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee needed to be a governor.
"No," Ryan said quickly. "Next question."
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(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan made a rousing return to Iowa on Saturday night in a speech that slammed Obamacare and stirred 2016 speculation.
The Wisconsin Republican and former vice presidential nominee was the keynote speaker at a birthday fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad in Altoona, Iowa. The appearance was his first in the state that will have the country's first presidential caucus since the 2012 campaign.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and two Republicans who may be running to succeed him in 2016 will be speaking at the same Washington event later this month.
The President along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, will speak at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, organizers announced.
Washington (CNN) – Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney dismissed reports that he passed over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his running mate because of Christie’s weight.
On NBC's "Meet the Press," the former Massachusetts governor told David Gregory that Christie's size and health had nothing to do with his not being picked for the GOP ticket.