Ryan: Tea Party ‘Indispensable’ but Budget Deal ‘Step in Right Direction’

by Katrina Trinko

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan defended today the plan he reached with Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray, although he was careful to speak well of the outside conservative groups who had criticized his budget deal.

Calling the groups “family,” Ryan characterized them as “valuable.” The Tea Party, he continued, is “indispensable.”

However, he insisted that his deal was “a step in the right direction” and admitted he was “frustrated” that some conservatives had announced their opposition to the budget deal before it was announced.

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