Multiple outlets, but led by Jane Kleeb at Bold Nebraska, have confirmed that Ben Nelson will support the financial reform bill. It’s unclear what Nelson got in exchange for his support, but that was a pretty quick turnaround. Maybe Harry Reid told him that his objection to no Senate input on the head of the new consumer protection bureau was totally ridiculous, because the position is subject to Senate confirmation. Perhaps Nelson just said, “Oh,” and moved on.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 13, 2010 2:30 pm|
|By: Scarecrow Tuesday July 13, 2010 9:15 am|
According to Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown, Russ Feingold’s defiance on the so-called financial reform bill irks liberals. She even finds one liberal to say how irked he his. That’s right, one (1) and he doesn’t claim to speaks for all liberals.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 13, 2010 7:20 am|
With Olympia Snowe joining Susan Collins and Scott Brown by signing on to the financial reform bill, many outlets have reported that this gives the Democrats the votes they need to pass the measure. That’s only half-true; Democrats may have the votes after a replacement Senator is named in West Virginia. But at the moment, the fate of the bill rests in the hands of none other than the still-undecided Ben Nelson.
|By: Eli Friday June 25, 2010 6:01 pm|
I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but I think Ben Nelson has now officially surpassed Joe Lieberman as the most utterly loathsome member of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 25, 2010 3:10 pm|
It’s worth calling her bluff. There are too many lives at stake to not at least consider this for early next week.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 17, 2010 3:10 pm|
The effects of long-term unemployment for millions of people, with a shockingly high 8.6% unemployment rate by 2012, are staggering. But not to Ben Nelson (from Nebraska, a state which has a much more manageable unemployment problem, it should be noted), who would rather kick millions more out of their jobs and consign the rest to years of suffering.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:10 pm|
Congressional leaders and the White House may have a deal in principle to initiate a process to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, but Congress still needs to find the votes for that repeal. And those hopes took a hit today with Scott Brown’s opposition.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 6, 2010 9:21 am|
The choice facing Senators is clear — empower the same exact regulators who failed previously, or fundamentally change the way Wall Street does business, to the benefit of all.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 27, 2010 6:03 am|
Democrats blasted Republicans, and deftly sidestepped the reality of Ben Nelson’s vote, for blocking consideration of a Wall Street reform bill, and they planned to bring up a revote as early as today, Tuesday.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 26, 2010 2:42 pm|
Handing over the “bipartisan opposition” talking point to Republicans, Ben Nelson just voted against the motion to proceed on the Wall Street reform bill, almost certainly dooming its passage for today.