The Washington Times - December 16, 2013, 01:15PM

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said the budget deal up for a vote in the Senate is “not as big or as grand” as he would have liked, but it’s a compromise in the truest sense of the word.

“Neither side got everything they wanted,” the Democrat told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.


Mr. Warner noted that the deal that passed easily in the Republican-controlled House rolls back much of sequestration and sets the table for reforms to America’s entitlement program and tax system.

“I think it’s a step forward,” he said.

Proponents of the budget deal struck by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, and his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, are trying to grab support from enough Senate Republicans to get over the 60-vote threshold needed to end debate and hold an up-down vote on the legislation.

“I think it will get through,” Mr. Warner said.

The Virginian was optimistic about what hasn’t been accomplished, too, saying a fresh start in the new year might allow immigration reform and a farm bill to “actually get done.”