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Paul Ryan, Patty Murray strike positive tone over breakfast

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“We want to look for ways to find common ground to get a budget agreement,” Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, said after a breakfast with Murray and other budget leaders.

“Our goal 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," said Ryan, who voted against the deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the shutdown. "Those are our shared goals.”

Murray said the breakfast held just off the Senate floor was a “good conversation.”

“We believe there is common ground and we can show the American people that Congress can work,” Murray said.

Ryan and Murray met over breakfast with Senate Budget Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and House Budget Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

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