Republicans in tough races vote against Ryan budget resolution

 

A dozen Republicans voted against Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan not yet ready to endorse Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report Ryan decries 'bitterness' in politics MORE's (R-Wis.) budget on Thursday, including many facing tough elections this year.

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All three Georgia Republicans running for the Senate voted against the bill: Rep. Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE, who has consistently opposed the Ryan plan because he believes it isn't conservative enough; and Reps. Phil GingreyPhil GingreyBeating the drum on healthcare Former GOP chairman joins K Street Former Rep. Gingrey lands on K Street MORE and Jack Kingston. This is the first time Kingston has opposed one of Ryan's annual budget plans, while Gingrey voted against last year's after previously supporting it. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) also voted against the budget despite backing previous Ryan budgets.

Other "no" votes include Republicans facing primaries who voted against the bill from the right and others in swing districts who may have opposed it from the left. Democrats often use the Ryan budget plan's changes to Medicare to attack GOP candidates.

Newly elected Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), who narrowly won a special election in a senior-heavy swing district, and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), who is facing a competitive race, both voted against the bill. LoBiondo had previously supported it. 

Some candidates facing primaries also voted against the bill. Rep. Ralph HallRalph HallGOP fights off primary challengers in deep-red Texas Most diverse Congress in history poised to take power Lawmakers pay tribute to Rep. Ralph Hall MORE (R-Texas), who's voted for Ryan's budgets in the past, is in a runoff battle against a candidate running to his right. He voted against it this time. Libertarian-leaning Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who is in a competitive primary with a more establishment Republican, once again voted against the bill, as did libertarian-leaning Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).

Reps. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordBringing US rice back to Cuba GOP lawmakers blast Obama for 'unprecedented' overreach EPA chief downplays 'covert propaganda' MORE (R-Ark.) and David McKinleyDavid McKinleyCoal Country’s top lawyer takes on Obama’s EPA Coal country rages against fall Conservatives fail to strip cyber text from spending bill MORE (R-W.Va.) also voted against the bill, as they have in the past. Gibson is in a competitive race, while the others represent districts with older, more populist-leaning voters.

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