The Real Value of the Budget Deal

It’s a small step, but the agreement starts to restore compromise to the governing process.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announce a tentative agreement between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Negotiators reached the modest budget agreement to restore about $65 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses by week's end.
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The Ryan-Murray agreement can never be compared to that agreement, but it can be a start to restore much needed faith in a functioning democratic government once again.

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