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.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with Faye, a pot belly pig, after a news conference held by Citizens Against Government Waste at the Phoenix Park Hotel to release the 2015 Congressional Pig Book which identifies pork-barrel spending in Congress, May 13, 2015.