CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., voted against the House budget backed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in both 2011 and in 2012.
In 2011, McKinley was one of only four House Republicans to vote against it.
This year, on March 29, McKinley was one of 10 House Republicans to vote against Ryan's budget, which passed 228 to 191.
Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., also voted against Ryan's budget, while Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. voted for it.
But a few days later - on April 17 - McKinley voted for the Ryan budget in what is called a "deem-and-pass" vote, which is attracting criticism from his challenger.
Sue Thorn, McKinley's Democratic opponent in the November election, said McKinley is misleading his constituents.
"Since taking office," Thorn stated in a recent news release, "my opponent has continually showed his allegiance to billionaires and special interests, as well as his disdain for working people.
"Voting to pass the Ryan budget is just another example of how the congressman's top 1% values don't align with the middle class values of the people of West Virginia," Thorn said.
Cutting back on federal Medicare funding is one part of Ryan's budget.
Jim Forbes, a spokesman for McKinley, said on Friday, "Congressman McKinley's voting record and public statements have been clear. He has opposed efforts that could undermine Medicare, and will continue to work to strengthen Medicare for current and future retirees."
Erin Beck, Thorn's press secretary, criticized McKinley for casting a "deem and pass" vote April 17 on Ryan's budget in the House. At the time, that vote allowed Congress to continue discussing hunting and fishing legislation.