Nelson calls for budget deal


April 6th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – While Republicans and Democrats continue to try to work out a budget compromise, Nebraska’s Democratic Senator Ben Nelson says it’s time to stop playing politics and make a deal.

It’s become a battle of wills between Republicans and Democrats. Members on both sides of the aisle are unable to come to a budget agreement to see the government through September. In Senator Ben Nelson’s weekly press conference with reporters, he said a series of short-term extensions have only made the problem worse.


“The delays caused by continuing short-term resolutions have had negative consequences,” he said. “I’m not going to support another short-term continuing resolution, because we’ve just kicked the can down the road long enough.”

Nelson said the shutdown could have dire consequences for Nebraskans in several forms. He said those could include delays in reimbursements for federal road projects, which could result in projects being delayed and workers being furloughed. Medicare patients could be denied care or have to wait. Perhaps most relevant to the current times would be that the IRS will not be able to answer its taxpayer hot line at the height of tax season.

“This should not be about the next election,” Nelson said. “This needs to be about today and what’s right for the American people and the continuity of the recovery of our economy. Recovery at the present time is fragile and reversible. The focus should be on jobs and an economy that continues to grow, not this gamesmanship.”

Nelson said a major problem lies in the House identifying a small portion of the budget- approximately 20 percent, as being discretionary. The solution, as Nelson sees it, comes in diversifying the cuts to a larger range of the overall budget.

“Everything should be on the table when we’re considering cuts. What the House has done is focus on the most vulnerable end and has made some proposals that are just not appropriate.”

It’s unclear whether Republicans will come on board with any compromise. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from West Virginia, said that despite the Republican’s repeated calls for fiscal sanity, Senate Democrats are still refusing to act or listen to the American people.

One Response

  1. Angelo says:

    Seaator Nelson is exactly correct. This whole process has been a farce which would be funny if it was not so tragic. It is not brian surgery everything must be on the table. There can be no sacred cows. The health and longterm survival of our great nation is at stake.

    The politicians of both parties can’t seem to deal with the the FY 10 budget much less the exploding deficit and national debt problem given the partisan bickering. The fact is that both parties share the blame for creating the problem aand have the responsibility to solve it?

    We are on the verge of a government shutdown and national bankruptcy. The shutdown, if it occurs, will only delay the pay of those government employees furloughed. If past is precident, they will eventually be paid. Thus, pay for no work–bad deal for taxpayers!

    The two parties seem incapable of dealing with the FY 2010 budget much less the bigger issue of the national debt. Partisan politicians claim they want to cut spending but they protect their sacred cows, bicker with and blame the other side. Unfortunately, its not about the health of the nation. It’s about who wins politically. in the end, the nation loses and the politicians lose what little credibility they have left.

    Our political system needs a major overhaul! The candidates we get to vote for are limited to the rich (who can afford to run) or to those beholden to the big money donors and lobbyists. Sadly, most of today’s politicians are more interested in achieving their political aspirations than in the health of our nation. What they don’t seem to understand is how foolish they all look and how distressed many citizens are.

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