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.”