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Prospects Dim For 'Ryan-Murray II' Budget-Relief Deal

January 3, 2015, Defense News

Covington's Roger Zakheim is quoted regarding the federal budget:

"That late-2013 deal was passed by both chambers and signed by President Barack Obama, in part, because of the political gravitas of its authors. Ryan was the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee and Murray was a widely respected member of her party's leadership team." 

"Both now will be focused on other matters, including Ryan finally getting the chance to push major federal tax reform." 

"Their new roles mean that what is increasingly being referred to as a "Ryan-Murray II" package would really be a "Price-Enzi" package. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., are stepping into their shoes as leaders of the budget committees."

"It really is unclear just where Price and Enzi stand on raising the defense caps," said Roger Zakheim, a former senior House Armed Services Committee counsel and now with Washington's Covington and Burling law firm. "It's really a question of where is leadership on this, and where does defense rank in their priorities."

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