Why 2014 will be the year of the small deal

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) moments before announcing a bipartisan budget deal on December 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. They look pretty pleased with themselves. But is everyone happy? 

Riding on the momentum of its first bipartisan budget deal in decades, Congress still has plenty of issues on its plate. So how much momentum is there?

“This deal doesn’t solve all of our problems,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said after the agreement was reached in December. “But I think it is an important step in helping to heal some of the wounds in Congress, to rebuild some trust, and show that we can do something without a crisis right around the corner.”

Congress could use the model of that budget deal in 2014. If lawmakers do that on immigration, it might mean a piecemeal approach. On tax reform, it could mean closing some loopholes. But the size of the Congressional compromise in late 2013 suggests big changes aren’t likely to come soon.

About the author

David Gura is a reporter for Marketplace, based in the Washington, D.C. bureau.


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