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Budget deal a move in ‘right direction,’ Paul Ryan says

Representative Paul Ryan (left), chair of the US House Budget Committee, and and Senator Patty Murray, US Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman, announced their tentative agreement at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Representative Paul Ryan (left), chair of the US House Budget Committee, and Senator Patty Murray, US Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman, announced their tentative agreement at a news conference on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress conceded the political accommodation is modest, but says it moves a fiscally challenged government ‘‘in the right direction.’’

Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, told CBS “This Morning” Thursday the deal he brokered with Democratic Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington state, was the best possible at a time of ‘‘divided government.’’

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Ryan appeared on the show to tout the agreement that, among other things, restores $63 million in mandatory spending cuts.

Asked about harsh criticism from conservative groups, Ryan acknowledged ‘‘we were a little caught off guard.’’

House Speaker John Boehner angrily denounced two conservative groups Wednesday, saying anybody who believes in deficit reduction should support the deal.

“Nobody got everything they wanted, but we advanced our principles,” Ryan said.

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