Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) just announced on the Senate floor that he will vote against both spending packages — the GOP plan to cut spending by $61 billion, as well as the Senate Democratic plan to cut $4.7 billion. He joins fellow (vulnerable) Democrats (up in 2012) Joe Manchin and Claire McCaskill. See here and here.
“Both bills are dead and deserve to be dead,” Nelson said. “Neither one is serious. [And neither will] get runaway government spending under control.” The Democratic plan cuts too little, he argued, while the Republican plan is “pushing a political agenda snuck into the bill in the middle of the night.” (Presumably he is referring to the 30-plus hours of open debate in which more than 100 amendments were considered and more than 60 added to the bill.) To win his support, Nelson said, he would need to see more cuts that are “real and reasonable.”
“Washington just hasn’t got serious and I won’t be held accountable for the failing of the House and Senate,” he added.
Translation: Nebraska voters, please don’t take this out on me.