Rep. Paul Ryan gives U.S. a 'failing grade' in war on poverty
January 9th, 2014
09:36 PM ET
7 months ago

Rep. Paul Ryan gives U.S. a 'failing grade' in war on poverty

(CNN) - On the heels of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s call for an "all-out war on human poverty," Rep. Paul Ryan said efforts to reduce poverty should happen outside think tanks in Washington, and instead in the communities where the fight is succeeding.

The Wisconsin Republican said he would give the United States a "failing grade" in efforts to curb poverty since Johnson's declaration five decades ago.
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January 5th, 2014
07:13 PM ET
7 months ago

5 tests for kumbaya on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) – 2013 ended with Congress reaching a deal on funding the government without all the end-of-the-year drama that we've come to expect. Democrats and Republicans defied the recent all-or-nothing gamesmanship and brokered a budget deal before its deadline, prompting speculation that maybe, just maybe, dogs and cats can live together.

Here are five things on both President Barack Obama's and Congress' agendas that will show pretty quickly whether breaking the partisan logjam in the capital is possible or just a fantasy.

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Lawmakers provide some glimmers of hope in Washington
December 15th, 2013
11:24 AM ET
7 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.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’
December 15th, 2013
11:05 AM ET
7 months ago

Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner was peeved last week at conservative groups that blasted a bipartisan budget agreement before one was even announced. But House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said it was really just that Irish temper of his.

"I think John just kind of got his Irish up. He was frustrated that these groups came out against our budget agreement before we reached a budget agreement. I was frustrated too,” Ryan said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • House • John Boehner • Paul Ryan
December 11th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Rep. Paul Ryan: We have the votes to pass the budget deal

(CNN) - Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan budget compromise on Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if approved by the House and Senate.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan forged the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray.

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Filed under: Paul Ryan
December 11th, 2013
07:44 AM ET
8 months ago

Patty Murray emerges as bipartisan figure after budget deal

(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.

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Filed under: Budget • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal
December 10th, 2013
03:53 PM ET
8 months ago

Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal

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.
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Filed under: Budget • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
No budget deal this week
December 5th, 2013
07:25 PM ET
8 months ago

No budget deal this week

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.
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Paul Ryan, Patty Murray inching closer to a budget deal, aides say
December 4th, 2013
08:46 PM ET
8 months ago

Paul Ryan, Patty Murray inching closer to a budget deal, aides say

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.
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Filed under: Budget • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
Congressional budget talks at critical point
December 2nd, 2013
09:51 PM ET
8 months ago

Congressional budget talks at critical point

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.
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