Ryan, center, and Murray, right, announced a bipartisan budget deal Tuesday evening.
“What am I getting out of this? I’m getting more deficit reduction ... there are no tax increases here. ... We’re finally starting to deal with autopilot spending.”
Noting the lack of tax increases, he said, “No one had to sacrifice their core principles.”
Murray expressed disappointment that “we weren’t able to close a single corporate tax loophole.” She also acknowledges that Republicans were hoping to use the budget deal to make changes to Medicare and Social Security. But she emphasized that this is an important next step.
“We need to acknowledge that our nation has serious long-term fiscal and economic challenges this bill doesn’t address and our process has been broken.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.