The Washington Post

Reid, Ryan agree: There will be no ‘grand bargain’

The new House-Senate panel charged with crafting a long-term budget compromise is apparently aiming low, with leaders on both sides of the Capitol saying Thursday that there will be no so-called "grand bargain."

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) who will lead the GOP side of negotiations, told Reuters on Thursday that he thinks talks should focus on something smaller.

"If we focused on doing some big grand bargain, like those prior efforts you mention, then I don't think we'll be successful because we'll focus on our differences," Ryan said. "Each party will demand that the other compromises a core principle, and then we'll get nothing done."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed, dismissing thoughts of a grand bargain as "happy talk" during a local radio appearance.

Asked about including Medicare and Social Security reforms in the package, Reid said it wouldn't happen.

"Get something else in your brain; stop talking about that," Reid said. "That is not going to happen this time. There's not going to be a grand bargain."

Reid added: "Hopefully in the next year or so (we can) do something on a grand bargain. But the Republicans are going to have to retake their party or it will never happen. Because they have their mindset on doing nothing more on revenue. But until they get off that kick, there's not going to be a small bargain."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Sleep advice you won't find in baby books
In defense of dads
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
For good coffee, sniff, slurp and spit
How to keep your child safe in the water
How your online data can get hijacked
Play Videos
How to avoid harmful chemicals in school supplies
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
What you need to know about Legionnaires' disease
How to get organized for back to school
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
Next Story
Masuma Ahuja · October 24, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.