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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, hold a news conference Tuesday to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Reuters photo)

Congress strikes budget deal

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By Richard Cowan and David Lawder

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan budget deal announced in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, while modest in its spending cuts, would end nearly three years of partisan stand-offs between Democrats and Republicans that culminated in October with a partial government shutdown.

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