Ben Nelson: ‘I Will Vote Against The House Reconciliation Package’

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Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) released a statement tonight announcing that he would vote against the House’s reconciliation package.While he lauded the “historic health reforms that will insure 220,000 more Nebraskans and 30 million Americans,” the major sticking point in the reconciliation bill, according to Nelson, is the addition of student loan reform. Nelson said:

Perhaps most troubling is adding unrelated student loan reforms that have never been debated in the Senate and would result in a government takeover of student lending. It’s not clear why we would, on the one hand, jeopardize more than 30,000 private sector jobs, while, on the other we are promoting job creation in every state to aid our economic recovery.

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