By Erik Wasson - 10/23/13 02:48 PM EDT
Those who want to see a deal — a group that includes deficit hawks, appropriators, defense and farm lobbyists — say the popular House Budget Committee chairman can bargain.
They argue that if anyone could sell a compromise to the restive House GOP, it is Ryan, and say there is enough wiggle room to do a deal.
These sources argue the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate wants to bolster his record as a legislator, noting he also got involved in immigration reform this year.
But to achieve even a limited deal by the conference’s Dec. 13 deadline, Ryan will need to back away from his original budget, which cuts $5.7 trillion in spending and has become a conservative touchstone.