Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the top lawmakers on budgetary issues in their respective chambers, announced a fiscal framework that would help eliminate the constant threat of a government shutdown under which lawmakers have worked for the better part of the last three years.
"I think this agreement is a clear improvement on the status quo," Ryan said.
"We have broken through the partisanship and gridlock and reached a bipartisan compromise that will prevent a government shutdown in January," Murray said at a joint press conference to announce the agreement.
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