Several Republicans who voted against the GOP budget resolution in late March, over concerns that it would not cut the deficit quickly enough, overcame their worries about the deficit on Thursday and voted in favor of a small business tax cut that is estimated to increase the deficit by $46 billion.

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorDave Brat's seat moved to 'toss-up' 4 years after upset victory over Eric Cantor The animating forces behind the Democratic Party are true, radical leftists Divided Democrats are in danger MORE's (R-Va.) Small Business Tax Cut act, H.R. 9, passed the House Thursday by a 235-173 vote, with the help of nine Republicans who voted against the GOP budget — several of whom argued that the budget did not sufficiently address the deficit.

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The contrasting votes show the power that tax cuts have to draw support from members of Congress, even when they are not offset with spending cuts, and even when the members in question are feisty deficit hawks.

The March 29 vote on the budget resolution from Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia National Dems make play in Ohio special election Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Wis.) saw 10 Republicans defect and vote against the bill. Those members were Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse leaders clash over resolution backing ICE Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’ GOP lawmaker: Trump 'went out of his way to appear subordinate' at Putin press conference MORE (Mich.), Joe Barton (Texas), John Duncan Jr. (Tenn.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Walter Jones (N.C.), David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyOvernight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process Koch backs House measure opposing carbon taxes This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (W.Va.), Todd Platts (Pa.), Denny Rehberg (Mont.) and Ed WhitfieldWayne (Ed) Edward WhitfieldWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? Overnight Energy: Green group sues Exxon over climate science MORE (Ky.).

Many of them cited deficit concerns right after the vote.

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"I voted for the Republican Study Committee budget," said Barton, noting his support for an alternative budget that cut the deficit more quickly. "It makes some tough choices, but also contains real results. It balances the budget in 5 years and makes $100 billion in cuts, this year alone. Those are true reforms that will build over time and ultimately have a significant impact on our ballooning debt."

"Today I voted against the budget proposals offered in the House," Whitfield said. "After reviewing the different proposals, I didn't feel they offered an effective plan to balance the budget and provide the needed reform to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security."

Others in this group cited similar concerns about the deficit after voting against Ryan's plan.

But of these 10 Republicans, nine voted for Cantor's small business tax cut, which would give companies with fewer than 500 employees a 20 percent tax break, without offsetting the spending elsewhere. While Democrats argued that the bill would "blow a $46 billion hole" in the deficit, those arguments did not deter the 217 Republicans who voted for it, nor the 18 Democrats who joined them.

Only Amash voted against Cantor's bill and Ryan's budget plan.

Cantor's bill did draw 10 Republican "no" votes, from Amash and nine others, including Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). Soon after the Thursday vote, McClintock took to the floor to explain his vote, and indicated that his concern was indirectly related to the deficit.

"[I]t merely shifts current taxes into the future," McClintock said of the tax bill. "Once a dollar has been spent, it's already become a tax, taken either from today or tomorrow to pay off deficits.

"Tax cuts without either spending reductions or real economic growth are an illusion," he added.