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  • Louisiana Purchase And Omaha Stakes (Nelson Sells Out)

    12/21/2009 6:24:17 PM PST · by raptor22 · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Politics: Sen. Mary Landrieu was the new "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up his state's future Medicaid tab. Maybe we should just put Senate votes up on eBay. Nelson, the 60th vote in the middle-of-the-night Senate party line vote on health care reform, will go down in American political history as the inventor of the permanent earmark. His seemingly principled stand against including federal funding for abortion evaporated like the morning dew as he decided to take what was behind door No. 1. The deal for Nelson includes special Medicaid funding for Nebraska, along...
  • Huckabee: Nelson like Judas on health care reform

    12/20/2009 4:35:00 PM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 1,011+ views
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says those unhappy with the health care overhaul set to be pushed through the Senate this week should express their displeasure at the polls next November. Huckabee spoke Sunday to a raucous crowd of about 1,800 people at an Omaha rally sponsored by Americans for Prosperity of Nebraska. Huckabee says the vote on health care reform is a pivotal moment in American history, and he took Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to task for deciding to support the measure. Huckabee went so far as to compare Nelson to Judas in the biblical story of Jesus'...
  • Who wins, who loses in Senate health bill

    12/20/2009 3:02:28 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 34 replies · 2,144+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009 | Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The little town of Libby, Mont., isn't mentioned by name in the Senate's mammoth health care bill, but it's one of the big winners in the legislation, thanks to the influence of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. After pushing for years for help for residents of the area, thousands of whom suffer from asbestos-related illnesses from a now-closed mineral mining operation, Baucus inserted language in a package of last-minute amendments that grants them access to Medicare benefits. He didn't advertise the change, and it takes a close read of the bill to find it. It's just...
  • Will Abortion Be Paid For Under The Nelson Compromise? Poll

    12/20/2009 11:52:38 AM PST · by DBlake · 5 replies · 417+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 12-20-2009 | Youpolls
    How Abortion Will Be Paid For Under The Nelson Compromise...
  • Letter To Ben Nelson: Give Us Liberty, Not National Healthcare

    12/20/2009 12:12:29 PM PST · by writer33 · 33 replies · 869+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 12/20/09 | Chris Davis
    For those who wish to get on the list, feel free to FReepmail writer33. If you wish to send one yourself to your Senator or Senator Ben Nelson, follow the link to find a singularized version at the blog site I sent to my Senator. Make sure to FReepmail writer33 with your name for those that can. Don't put your name out on the open forum. As you know that would make you vulnerable to any whack job on the internet. The letter goes straight to Senator Nelson and is not for public consumption.
  • Nelson Aide: Offutt Claim False (Also Denies Obama "Bribe") (Update at #8)

    12/15/2009 5:11:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies · 5,076+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | Joseph Morton
    As the Senate health care debate enters crunch time, the pressure from all sides continued to grow today, with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., right in the middle. His spokesman quickly dismissed a report by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin that Nelson was even being threatened with “closure of an air force base,” presumably Offutt Air Force Base, which is south of Omaha and home of U.S. Strategic Command. Malkin also said Nelson has been promised a “bribe bigger than Sen. Landrieu's.” That's a reference to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat and one of the last holdouts on the vote to...
  • National Right to Life Committee statement on new Reid abortion language

    12/19/2009 11:25:57 AM PST · by La Lydia · 13 replies · 700+ views
    National Review - The Corner ^ | December 19, 2009 | Kathryn Jean Lopze
    WASHINGTON -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, strongly opposes the abortion language contained in the "manager's amendment" filed today by U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nv.). Reid intends to press for Senate approval of the language during the days immediately ahead, without allowing an opportunity for any revisions to be considered. The following statement may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson: "The manager’s amendment is light years removed from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was approved by the House of Representatives on November 8 by a bipartisan...
  • McConnell having Reid amendment read on the floor?

    12/19/2009 5:49:14 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 56 replies · 2,919+ views
    C-Span ^ | 12/19/09 | me
    Holy craptards. McConnell is having Reid's amendment read out loud. Does this mean that Colburn and DeMint will get the whole bill read out loud? If the R's do this, I'll be impressed. I never thought they had the balls.
  • CALLING ALL PATRIOTS: "Telephone Tea Party" #2 ON. Call Congress NOW!!!

    12/19/2009 9:03:50 AM PST · by joinedafterattack · 169 replies · 4,933+ views
    Telephone Tea Party ^ | 12-19-09 | JoinedAfterAttack
    Patriots, "Telephone Tea Party #2" starts NOW!!! Storm congress by phone by calling your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and telling them to "Kill the Pelosi/Reid/Obamacare Bill." Let's bury congress with calls and protest the bill. CALL NOW, CALL EARLY, CALL OFTEN. LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD. Rise up, call NOW!
  • Recall of US Senators who vote for Obamacare

    12/19/2009 11:02:57 AM PST · by highlander_UW · 59 replies · 4,616+ views
    Vanity ^ | 12/19/09 | me
    18 states allow for recall votes on US Senators. The 18 states allowing for recall are as follows: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin. The Senate oath of office is: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well...
  • Johanns: Probe Offutt 'Threat' (20 GOP Senators Call for Investigation)

    12/16/2009 4:59:53 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies · 5,499+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Thursday, December 16, 2009 | Joseph Morton
    Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and 19 other GOP senators today called for a hearing into reports that the Obama administration used the future of Offutt Air Force Base as bargaining chip in the health care debate, according to a press release by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has flatly denied that Offutt came up in connection with the health care bill or any other piece of legislation. The White House also has described those reports as "absurd." The group of Republican senators called for a hearing in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin,...
  • Health Care Rumor Gains Traction With Right

    12/18/2009 5:14:53 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 1,031+ views
    DNCBS ^ | December 17th | Brian Montopoli
    On Tuesday, the Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb, citing an unnamed Senate aide, wrote that "the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn't fall into line." Translation: Goldfarb is reporting that, according to his source, the Obama administration is suggesting to Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska (left), who has been hesitant to support the Senate health care bill due to his concerns over abortion, that it will close the base if Nelson doesn't back the bill. It was, the source said, a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and...
  • Oh my: Lieberman out of town before crucial Senate vote as snowstorm moves in (Perfect storm?)

    12/18/2009 5:08:04 PM PST · by maggief · 141 replies · 5,154+ views
    Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2009 | Allahpundit
    Supposedly he’s in Connecticut for the Jewish sabbath, but come on. We all know he’s in Barbados. Laughing his ass off. Already, they’ve wheeled in the cots for members and staff who choose to slumber party the night away in the Capitol, or Senate offices. But tomorrow, bright and early, all of them could need to be on hand for procedural reasons. For instance, Democrats expect to have to waive a budget point of order they expect Republicans to raise against the defense appropriations bill. That requires 60 votes… “After being assured by Democratic and Republican leaders that his vote...
  • Dems are ill at ease: 4 senators threaten to defect on health-care bill

    11/23/2009 3:47:23 AM PST · by Scanian · 71 replies · 2,325+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 23, 2009 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- Now that health-care reform has reached the Senate floor without a single Republican vote, four Democrats are vying to become King of the Hill by demanding laundry lists of changes in exchange for their votes -- prompting liberals to vow not to be held hostage by a few foot-draggers. Majority Leader Harry Reid got the bill to the floor by a 60-39 vote, the narrowest possible margin. The close vote provided a vivid demonstration of each Democrat's ability to sink President Obama's top domestic priority -- or use his vote to try to extract concessions Sen. Ben Nelson...
  • DeMint: Nelson deserves Medal of Honor if he holds against healthcare

    12/18/2009 12:01:14 PM PST · by pissant · 13 replies · 640+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/09 | Michael O'Brian
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor if he ends up blocking health reform legislation, one of his Senate colleagues said Friday. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said the pressure on Democrats had reached unprecedented levels, and that Nelson, a key centrist lawmaker who leaders need to reach 60 votes, had been heroic in refusing to sign onto the bill as of yet. "Gosh, I can't believe than Ben Nelson has been able to hold up under this pressure," DeMint said during an appearance on CNBC. "If he holds up, he deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor."
  • Ben Nelson dispels Offutt AFB closing rumor - audio

    12/17/2009 9:11:53 AM PST · by pitviper68 · 14 replies · 1,856+ views
    Ben Nelson says that he knows who started the rumor, and that it may be embarrassing if/when that info comes out. Says, no one threatened him or offered him ANYTHING for his vote. He's says the abortion issue is not the only thing stopping him from supporting the Senate bill.
  • Obama Threatening to Close Air force Base if Senator Does Not Support Health Care Bill

    12/16/2009 8:03:42 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 34 replies · 1,781+ views
    Surprise.... Surprise... a new low? I think so.
  • Abortion Bomb Hits Senate Health Debate

    12/07/2009 4:42:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 931+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | December 7, 2009 | Michael McAuliff
    Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson dropped his anti-abortion amendment into the Senate health care debate this afternoon, essentially lifting the language from the House version that so angered the left. Nelson, a staunch pro-life advocate, partnered with fellow Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and several Republicans to offer the measure, saying it’s necessary to ensure no federal dollars are spent on elective abortions. “Most Americans, even some who support abortion, do not want taxpayer money to be used for abortions,” Nelson said in his floor speech. “We should not break with precedent on this bill.” Nelson said the amendment would bar women...
  • Nelson: 'I'm not on the bill'

    12/15/2009 1:46:57 PM PST · by moose2004 · 44 replies · 1,924+ views
    politico.com ^ | 12/15/09 | moose2004
    The White House meeting Tuesday between President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats has raised expectations that they have nailed down 60 votes for the health care bill. But as he prepared to leave for the White House with other senators, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told POLITICO the deal wasn't done.
  • Ben Nelson Responds To Offuttgate, Claims He Knows Who is Behing Story of the Base Closing (Audio)

    12/17/2009 11:35:41 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 15 replies · 1,142+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 12/17/09 | hap
    The fact is, no one is surprised that the WH would use these kinds of tactics to get someone to fall in line on a vote, Ben Nelson takes a shot at bloggers and says he knows who is behind it, but fails to mention who...+ another audio of a real threat that was on the air back a few months ago...