Ryan budget a battle for GOP

House Republican leaders could easily lose more votes on their budget in 2014 than they did last year, making it even tougher to get it through the lower chamber.

Republicans can only afford 16 defections if all Democrats vote against the GOP budget as expected, and election year pressures will add to the difficulty of staving off defections on what is expected to be a party-line vote.

Two GOP lawmakers who supported the 2013 version of the Paul Ryan budget, Reps. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) and Jack Kingston (Ga.), told The Hill they were leaning no this time around, citing the budget’s use of a bipartisan spending cap they opposed in December.

Several other Republicans who opposed the budget last year said in interviews they had no plans to flip their position this year.

Republicans leaning no say leadership has yet to give them the heavy sell on a budget expected to be released next week and to hit the House floor the week after.

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