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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.