Delaware's two Democratic Senators found themselves on opposite sides of a controversial bill passed Thursday in the US Senate.
Senator Tom Carper voted against the deal, one of only four democrats to do so. Senator Chris Coons joined the bipartisan majority to see the bill passed on to President Donald Trump.
The spending bill will fund the government for the next two years.
In a statement, Carper said he opposed the bill out of concern over the country's long term fiscal outlook. Here's part of the statement from Carper's office:
“I remain very concerned about our country’s fiscal outlook. Unfortunately, there is a lack of the political courage needed, on both sides of the aisle, and certainly also in the White House, to put this country on a fiscally sustainable path. While I support many of the important spending priorities addressed in this deal and want to ensure that we avoid default, I cannot in good conscience keep voting again and again to add billions of dollars to our country’s skyrocketing deficit with no plan to tackle it. After all, it was Albert Einstein who said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Once and for all, our country needs a serious long-term plan – one that is thoughtful and balanced – that begins to rein in our massive federal deficit, raise revenues responsibly and avoid abandoning those who need our help the most."