"As a conservative, I deal with the situation as it exists. I deal with the way things are, not necessarily the way I want them to be," Ryan said in unveiling the measure on Tuesday. "I've passed three budgets in a row that reflect my priorities and my principles and everything I wanted to accomplish. We're in divided government. I realize I'm not going to get that."
"Looking at it on its own merits, I think the pros outweigh the cons," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who worked privately to secure a last-minute change that shields current federal workers from higher pension costs.
Ryan appeared Thursday morning on "CBS This Morning" and MSNBC.