Skip to comments.Nelson defects from Dems over trials
Posted on 02/10/2010 3:49:39 PM PST by jazusamo
Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson joined a bipartisan effort on Wednesday to block the administration from trying the Sept. 11th suspects in civilian courts.
Nelson (Neb.) signed onto legislation offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) to require military commission trials for those suspects. Nelson made the announcement in a conference call with reporters, primarily citing the costs of security for the trials.
I believe that given the severe costs and security risks associated with holding these trials in civilian court, the best course of action would be to use military commissions, Nelson said. When the Justice Department announced late last year that they intended to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 9/11 co-conspirators in civilian courts in New York City there was an outcry about this plan and the effects and the costs it would inflict on New York and all Americans."
Known as one of the Senate's most conservative Democrats, Nelson has been somewhat of a thorn in the side of the Obama administration recently.
Nelson cited a letter that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent to President Barack Obama, protesting the decision to hold the trials in his city because of the associated security costs. Nelson said recent estimates have reached $1 billion.
"Mayor Bloomberg was right that New York City should not have to bare the burden of this unfunded mandate from the federal government, but neither should American taxpayers," Nelson said. Given the immense costs and associated risks, I believe that trying those charged with the attacks of 9/11 in military commissions is the appropriate course of action."
And that wasn't Nelson's only move against the administration this week.
On Wednesday, he supported the GOP's effort to block the confirmation of Craig Becker, the administration's appointee to the National Labor Relations Board. Becker failed to receive the 60 votes he needed to move forward in the confirmation process.
In December, Nelson was a longtime holdout on the healthcare reform bill, only guaranteeing his support after Democratic leaders promised to help his state with future Medicaid costs. The deal was roundly criticized by Republicans as "the Cornhusker kickback," prompting Nelson in January to ask that it be removed from the legislation.
Sen. Nelson wants to save his job. It may be too late.
Too late is right, it’ll be a long uphill climb to save it.
Miss Nelson will be a good boy from now on....Nebraskans need to remember when the time to vote no on Obamacare came, this guy folded like a cheap tent and made a sleazy back room deal......I would like to color him GONE.
Nice gesture Ben but I hope it is too little to late to save your phony baloney job.
Principles aren’t just something you decide to have one day.
Hopefully he won’t be able to fool the NE voters again, you’re dead on about him folding.
I believe Gibbs' statement was entirely intentional, and specifically worded to force the hand of the administration (by design) to try KSM in the civilian federal court, where such proclamations aren't helpful, but aren't grounds for appeal.
Nelson got what he wanted from Obama and now is focusing on a win in November 2012.
These pro self politicians have no scruples when they are liberal without conviction for country.
Obama, Nelson. All the same..
Yeah, that was Harry in the car that just left. So what? He bought a piece of me, OK? It's what I do.
Now look, I'm gonna give you a piece for free. So, don' that make it all OK?
Good point about the UCI and you may be right that it was intentional.
Suddenly he gets balls?
Now that Murtha is gone, Jim Webb becomes my least favorite EX-Marine.
Nelson is trying his suck up project to save his butt in the next election. Nelson has exposed himself to be a Benedict Arnold in which he was willing to destroy America for a few scraps from the socialist’s table. Never trust a man whose virtue can be so easily bought.
Good comparison. After Ben got what he wanted and the backlash hit he couldn’t start the denials fast enough, and he wasn’t convincing.
ALert: DEAD SENATOR walking!!!
Nelson buddy, your not enhancing your so called "conservative" street cred by hanging your hat on this bunch. Desperate, pathetic and typical.
Pakistan jihadists have taken an American hostage and demanded that the woman terrorist convicted in NYC this week be freed or they will kill the American.
This current occupant in the White House has put America in great jeopardy with his idiotic mindset.
The Chicago way Ben is when you’re bought, you stay bought. I guess its OK though since the bill didn’t actually pass.
OK, ok... watch me dance people ".. a little step to the left... to the right... a little more to the right... hmmm... this is a nice place... love the right!"
HOW DO YOU DARE... CALLING ME A WEASEL..?
With the Chicago thugs around their boss in the WH Ben should probably watch his back after this.
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