The bipartisan deal garnered support from Republicans and Democrats alike, but the loudest critics were far-right conservatives, including Cruz, who believes the budget deal compromises conservative values.
To Ryan, this was a case of “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” where some of his Republican colleagues sought what they would consider a perfect deal.
“A step in the right direction is better than going nowhere or going backwards,” Ryan said.
When pressed by Smith what he would tell the Ted Cruz’s of the world, Ryan said “First of all, are we compromising our principles? No, we’re actually advancing our principles. Second of all, you may not be able to get everything you want in a divided government, and that’s just reality, and it’s important to acknowledge and recognize reality.”