WASHINGTON — The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress concedes the political accommodation is modest, but says it moves a fiscally challenged government "in the right direction."
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan tells "CBS This Morning" the deal he brokered with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state was the best possible at a time of "divided government."
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, speaks with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., right, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, as they go before the House Rules Committee to advance the budget compromise struck last night by Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The plan is seen as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Wisconsin congressman went on the air Thursday to tout the agreement that, among other things, restores $63 billion in mandatory spending cuts.
Asked about harsh criticism from conservative groups, Ryan acknowledges "we were a little caught off guard."
House Speaker John Boehner angrily denounced two conservative groups Wednesday, saying anybody who believes in deficit reduction should support the deal.
Ryan says "nobody got everything they wanted, but we advanced our principles."
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