|By Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
LoBiondo was one of just 12 Republicans to vote against the plan advanced by Rep.
The bill carries significant implications for both parties, though no one expects it to become law. For Republicans, it signals how they would govern if they keep the House and gain control of the
Democrats argue that the cuts will hammer the middle class by slashing college aid,
They plan to build their
Moderate districts such as LoBiondo's and three others in the
Other local Republicans -- Reps.
LoBiondo, running in a district
"With double-digit unemployment in my district, further reductions in food stamps, the
Democrats quickly pointed out that LoBiondo voted for three previous versions of the Ryan budget.
"He's flip-flopping because now he's engaged in the greatest jobs program of his career, the one to save his own," said
Similar battle lines emerged in two
Fitzpatrick, who represents another swing district, praised the plan for balancing the budget within 10 years -- "exactly what we need to create opportunity for everyone."
Naughton, in a statement saying the budget would strip 30 million people of health coverage while giving tax cuts to the wealthiest, said: "Those aren't my priorities and not the priorities of the people in the
Republicans who are not in
Trivedi's Republican opponent,
Costello won't "speculate about what a 2015 budget will look like and he will not commit to a vote until he has examined all of the alternatives," e-mailed an adviser,
Costello and Trivedi are running to replace Gerlach, who is retiring.
An aide for his opponent in the
Runyan was home recovering from surgery and did not vote, according to an aide.
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