Government
1:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Sen. Ben Nelson gives farewell speech

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says it’ll be difficult to walk away from that post after 12 years in federal office.

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE
Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE

Nelson gave a farewell speech last Wednesday in the Senate. He was elected to the Senate in 2000 after serving two terms as Nebraska Governor.

Nelson is chairman of the Senate Strategic Forces Committee. He also serves on Armed Services and Agriculture subcommittees.

He was the deciding vote in 2009 on the Affordable Care Act, a vote that created controversy because of the so-called “Cornhusker Kickback.” The $100 million in Medicaid funding for Nebraska was struck from the Act during reconciliation.

Nelson was also part of a 2005 bipartisan effort called the “Gang of 14,” who struck an agreement that sought to prevent filibusters of judicial nominees unless there are “extraordinary circumstances.”

Last month, Deb Fischer was elected to Nelson’s Senate seat.