A dozen Republicans voted against Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget on Thursday, including many facing tough elections this year.
All three Georgia Republicans running for the Senate voted against the bill: Rep. Paul Broun, who has consistently opposed the Ryan plan because he believes it isn’t conservative enough; and Reps. Phil Gingrey 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.