Bipartisan budget panel launches new talks, outlines difficult road ahead

BY newsdesk  October 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM EDT

“I want to say this from the get-go. If we look at this conference as an argument about taxes, we’re not going to get anywhere. The way to raise revenue from our perspective is to grow the economy, to get people back to work. We need to write a tax code that encourages economic growth that doesn’t stifle.”

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

“I’m ready to make some tough concessions to get a deal. But compromise runs both ways. While we scour programs to find responsible savings, Republicans are also going to have to work with us to scour the bloated tax code and close some wasteful tax loopholes and special interest subsidies because it is unfair and unacceptable to ask seniors and families to bear this burden alone.”

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.