WASHINGTON — There was little talk Monday at a House-Senate budget conference meeting about a sweeping fiscal deal that would raise annual defense spending levels.
Members of a bicameral conference committee tasked with coming up with a compromise 2016 budget blueprint met for the first time, but there were few calls for what’s often called on Capitol Hill a “Ryan-Murray II” deal.
There is talk about trying to push through both chambers later this year a fiscal bill that would mirror the 2012 budget resolution crafted by then-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and then-Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash.
That bill provided two years of relief from spending caps for defense and domestic programs. A Ryan-Murray II would do the same.
For more than 90 minutes of the public hearing, House and Senate conferees focused on each party’s long-held priorities and favorite political piñatas.