Washington's Senator Patty Murray is in the national spotlight with high-stakes budget talks in Washington, DC. She is leading the negotiations on how to reach a compromise budget.
The first committee conference of 29 Democrats and Republicans was held on Wednesday.
"It's not going to be easy. There are a lot of proposals on the table and we are going to have to work our way through them to find compromise and common ground." said Murray after the meeting.
The difference between the two sides is a $91 billion gap.
Republican Congressman, Paul Ryan, leading the Republican side, says Republicans won't budge on raising taxes.
Murray wants to close some tax loopholes for corporations.
Murray says since the government shutdown, more public pressure is on Republicans to compromise.
"I think there are a number of them who want to stand up, be adults in the room, compromise and move forward."