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Mixed opinions surrounding Ryan Budget plan

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Mixed opinions surrounding Ryan Budget plan
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you ask any Democrat about the Ryan Budget, you'll likely receive a negative response.

"It is Republicanism out of control. And that is why it needs to be exposed and ultimately shut down," said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.

For Democrats, the budget written by Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, sums up everything they believe is wrong with the GOP. The plan would slash government by $5 trillion over the next decade by cutting food stamps and Medicaid.

It would also drastically change Medicare for new retirees. For those reasons, Republicans are divided on the plan.

Republican Chris Gibson faces a tough Democratic challenger this fall. He has voted against the plan for the last two years. He says there is no need to even vote on it this year.

Gibson said, "It's a political document. Because again we already have a budget and the Senate has said the same."

The budget plan, which has been around for several years, is still politically potent. Its promise to drastically cut the deficit excites conservatives. Meanwhile, it makes Democrats and certain Independents nervous.

"The Ryan budget can certainly have some serious impacts on individual races in areas where some of the budget cuts proposed in the Ryan budget would have serious affects," said John Hudak, Brookings Institution.

Democrat Martha Robertson is already using the Ryan budget in her race against Republican Congressman Tom Reed. Domenic Recchia is trying to capitalize on it in his fight against Republican Congressman Michael Grimm.

Both Reed and Grimm won reelection in 2012 after supporting the Ryan Budget. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will likely bring it up in his race against Republican Nan Hayworth, who is trying to reclaim her old seat.

Hayworth backed the budget plan when she was in office. When asked if she is still in favor of it, she said she supports any measure that helps create jobs.

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