Murray, Ryan kick off budget talks over breakfast

October 17, 2013
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) discuss their initial meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) discuss their initial meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) met over breakfast Thursday morning with her House counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), to start a new round of talks aimed at averting another crisis. The ranking minority members of each committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), also participated in the meeting.

Ryan told reporters that the lawmakers “had a very good conversation” and agreed that their goal was “to do good for the American people, to get this debt under control, to do smart deficit reduction and to do things that we think can grow the economy and get people back to work.”

Murray said the group was determined to address “the challenge that has been handed to us over the coming few short weeks.”

"We believe that there is common ground in showing the American people that as Congress we can work and make sure our economy is growing and that people are back to work and that we can do the job we were sent here to do,” Murray said. “To find common ground between our two budget resolutions and set a path forward for Congress to work on.”

The group that Ryan and Murray are leading includes 27 other lawmakers from the House and Senate, including all the members of the Senate Budget Committee. Here's the breakdown:

House Republicans: 

Ryan
Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.)
Rep. Tom Price (Ga.)
Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.)

House Democrats:

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.)
Van Hollen
Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.)

Senate Republicans:

Sessions
Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa)
Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.)
Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.)
Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.)

From Senate Democratic Caucus: 

Murray
Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.)
Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)
Sen. Mark Warner (Va.)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.)
Sen. Chris Coons (Del.)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)
Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.)
Sen. Angus King (Maine)

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