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Del. Sen. Carper Stands Alone in Vote

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - US Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, stands alone.

A vote Wednesday on a budget proposal Republicans said was President Obama's was rejected 98 to 1. That one vote was Sen. Carper's.

Senate Republicans forced the vote. The Associated Press described the fact the vote happened at all as a, "decades-old political ritual used to embarrass presidents of both parties."

The vote failed.

The item has a description on Congress's website of that lists its purpose as "to raise taxes and spending by enacting President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget."

Republicans wanted Democrats to vote for it. According to national media, some Democrats said the proposal was not a legitimate version of President Obama's budget plan, so they didn't vote for it.

Still there was Sen. Carper's lone vote.

"I'm very surprised that the senator voted in favor of Barack Obama on the budget. Even the most liberal members of his own caucus voted against this," said John Fluharty, executive director of the Delaware Republican Party. "It leaves people confused as to exactly what Sen. Carper was thinking when he supported this budget."

WBOC reached out to Sen. Carper's office to learn what he was thinking.

"While I don't support every single item in the president's budget, I believe it's head-over-heels above the Republican alternative, which I find particularly galling because it repeals the Affordable Care Act, yet assumes all the revenue and savings earned by the law. That's a shenanigan I cannot support," he said in a statement.

Republicans are moving forward with their budget plan. It's a plan President Obama is sure to veto if it gets to him.

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