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10 House Republicans vote against Ryan budget

For the third straight year, the GOP-controlled House has passed Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget blueprint. The budget cuts about $5 trillion over the next decade and aims to balance the budget by the end of that 10-year period.

But for the third straight year, not all Republicans were on board.

The bill earned the opposition of 10 Republicans -- the same number that voted against it in 2012. Four Republicans voted 'no' in 2011.

Those voting against the budget this year were: Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Rick Crawford (Ark.), Randy Forbes (Va.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Tom Massie (Ky.) and David McKinley (W.Va.).

Amash, Broun and Jones are noted members of the maverick caucus in the House, often voting against their party from a libertarian/tea party angle. Some of the other members, including Gibson and Heck, come from swing districts.

Amash, Broun, Gibson, Jones and McKinley also voted against it in 2012. Crawford, Forbes, Gingrey and Heck previously supported it. Massie is a freshman.

Amash, Broun and Gingrey, notably, are declared or potential Senate candidates. Gingrey's flip is particularly notable given that he could be pitted against Broun in the open Georgia Senate race. Politico wrote Thursday about how Broun has been drawing his potential Senate primary opponents to the right.

Four of the 10 'no' votes on Wednesday voted for the Republican Study Committee's budget, which would cut deeper than the Ryan budget -- Amash, Broun, Gingrey and Massie. The other six voted against both budgets.

A few Republicans who previously opposed the Ryan budget did flip in its favor. They were: Reps. John Duncan (Tenn.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Ed Whitfield (Ky.) and Joe Barton (Texas).

Democrats have voted in unison against the bill every year.

It should be noted, though, that House Republicans showed more unity on their budget than House Democrats did on the budget crafted by Senate Democrats. On Wednesday, 35 House Democrats voted against that budget, including many of the most vulnerable Democrats. The bill failed.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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