Bipartisan, Two-Year Budget Deal Unveiled

(Washington, DC) -- -- It looks like another federal government shutdown will be avoided. Republican Congressman Paul Ryan announced the details of the agreement reached between himself and Democratic Senator Patty Murray at an evening news conference Tuesday.
The deal will fund the federal government for two years. If approved by the House and Senate, the deal will avert another showdown over spending next month. Ryan said the deal doesn't raise taxes and reduces the deficit. The deal increases spending above levels set by the so-called sequester of mandatory, across-the-board cuts. Murray said negotiators managed to compromise and break through gridlock and partisanship.
Senator Patty Murray said the deal ends a pattern of lurching from "crisis to crisis."
Paul Ryan said the agreement accomplishes some basic goals.
Ryan praised Senator Murray and the spirit of the negotiations.