Sen Nelson Rejects Abortion Language: Will He Kill the Bill?

December 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—According to Talking Points Memo, Conservative Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) has rejected the compromise language inserted in the health reform bill. Nelson has been holding out for stricter language banning any and all indirect federal subsidies to be used for abortion procedures. Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) another conservative Democrat, has been working together with Nelson and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to craft compromise language that would satisfy Nelson’s concerns. But the Associated Press is reporting that, while appearing on a Lincoln, Nebraska radio station, Nelson said that the new compromise didn’t satisfy him and that he rejected it. If this report is accurate, that means Nelson may make good on his threat to join with Republicans on a filibuster to vote no on the cloture motion. Which would effectively kill the health care reform bill, unless a Republican vote can be secured.

According to Talking Points Memo, Nelson told the Nebraska radio station that the compromise language needed further changes for him to vote yes on cloture:

“Nelson told KLIN radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Thursday that an attempt at compromise doesn’t get to the fundamental issue of barring federal funding for abortions. Nelson says without further changes the compromise isn’t sufficient.”

This is not good news.


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