Meet the key players who determined how the latest fight over a government shutdown ended.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington -- Murray, right, does not seek the outside limelight, but the Senate Budget Committee chairwoman is a major fiscal force behind the scenes on Capitol Hill. Known by fellow Democrats as a straight shooter, she is also an experienced negotiator, having co-chaired the laborious, somewhat torturous and unsuccessful Super Committee.
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