Dem Sen. Carper Explains His Vote Against Deal

Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 06:23 PM

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Democratic Sen. Tom Carper criticized the last minute fiscal cliff deal struck over teh New Year as an inadequate cop-out by members of Congress who should have sought to “get our nation’s fiscal house in order.”

Carper was one of just three Democrats in the Senate to vote against the deal to keep taxes from going up on most Americans, releasing a statement Tuesday that explained his disappointment in the lack of an actual “grand bargain.”

"The American people want us to do the right thing and not the politically expedient or easy thing,”  the Delaware senator said. “Two times in the last 18 months, President Obama and Speaker Boehner have negotiated in an effort to reach a grand bargain that puts this country on a fiscally sustainable path.

“Unfortunately, two times, Republicans have chosen not to back their speaker because of their refusal to consider tax increases on anyone, including those who can most afford it.”

The two Democrats who joined Carper in voting against the bill were Tom Harkin of Iowa and Michael Bennet of Colorado.

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