Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used the phrase “step in the right direction” several times Tuesday night in describing the budget agreement he reached with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.).

“This isn’t the greatest agreement of all time. We have a long ways to go to get this deficit under control. This is a step in the right direction,” Ryan told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren.

Ryan said the proposed budget “cuts the deficit without raising taxes by cutting spending in smarter ways than the across-the-board approach. All of our members were worried about all the defense cuts. We are stopping the military from getting (cut) further, and we are cutting spending in smarter ways on auto-pilot programs that have been untouched for years by Congress. And we’re doing it in a way to make sure that there is no tax increase, and that we actually lower the deficit, versus doing nothing.”

Ryan said deficit reduction will come from spending cuts “in areas that we have never been able to get before.” For example, the deal would have public employees pay “a little bit more” for their pensions.

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