How Patty Murray sold Democrats on the budget deal

December 18, 2013

The difficulties Rep. Paul Ryan has had selling the Murray-Ryan budget deal to congressional Republicans has gotten a lot of attention. There's been, perhaps predictably, less coverage of the ease with which Sen. Patty Murray persuaded her fellow Democrats to vote for the deal.

But Wonkblog obtained the document Murray has been circulating among Senate Democrats, and it's an interesting read. In short, the case she makes is that Democrats got a bit and gave up very little. In particular, she argues that Democrats preserved their fundamental negotiating positions: no changes to entitlements absent tax increases, no changes to sequestration without revenues, no restoration of defense spending without unwinding an equal restoration of domestic spending. The full document follows:

131125 Budget Conference Why This is a Good Deal Doc

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