Updated at: 12/12/2013 10:35 AM
(AP) WASHINGTON - The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress concedes the political accommodation is modest, but says it moves a fiscally challenged government "in the right direction."
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan tells "CBS This Morning" the deal he brokered with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state was the best possible at a time of "divided government."
The Wisconsin congressman went on the air Thursday to tout the agreement that, among other things, restores $63 billion in mandatory spending cuts.
Asked about harsh criticism from conservative groups, Ryan acknowledges "we were a little caught off guard."
House Speaker John Boehner angrily denounced two conservative groups Wednesday, saying anybody who believes in deficit reduction should support the deal.
Ryan says "nobody got everything they wanted, but we advanced our principles."
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