House Barely Passes Paul Ryan’s Budget, With 12 Republicans Voting No – NationalJournal.com

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House Barely Passes Paul Ryan’s Budget, With 12 Republicans Voting No – NationalJournal.com

The House on Thursday narrowly passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican budget, which includes $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years without closing tax loopholes, as Ryan and other GOP leaders averted a potentially embarrassing defeat on the bill because of party defections.

The measure passed 219 to 205, with 12 Republicans joining all Democrats in voting no. A swing of just seven Republican votes would have defeated the measure.

Those Republicans who lined up against the budget are a blend of mostly conservative members and some moderates. They were: Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston, and Austin Scott of Georgia; Thomas Massie of Kentucky; Rick Crawford of Arkansas; Chris Gibson of New York; Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey; Ralph Hall of Texas; Dave Jolly of Florida; Walter Jones of North Carolina; and David McKinley of West Virginia.

Kingston voted for the Ryan budget in 2013, while Broun and Gingrey opposed it. All three are locked in a contentious, seven-way Republican primary for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s seat. Scott, Hall, and LoBiondo also supported Ryan’s budget last year.

Meanwhile, Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Joe Heck of Nevada, and Randy Forbes of Virginia, who opposed the Ryan budget last year, voted in favor of the 2014 budget Thursday.

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