Just in case Senator Ben Nelson wants to weasel out of his commitment to vote against any Health Care Bill that contains anything less that the anti-abortion Stupak amendment, Johanns noted…
I applaud my colleague from Nebraska. I want to end my comments there. Senator Nelson has stood up on this issue and recently in an interview, he said this:
“I have said at the end of the day, if it doesn’t have Stupak language on abortion in it, I won’t move — I won’t vote to move it off the floor.”
I think that’s a courageous statement. I don’t mind standing here and saying I’m very, very pleased to associate myself with Senator Nelson and Senator Hatch on this important amendment.
Of course Nelson’s version of the Stupak Amendment did not pass the Senate — going down 54-45.
So where does that leave Nelson?
We’ll see if Harry Reid tries to chopper Nelson out of the corner he has painted himself into. Don’t be surprised in the end, kids…
Last week, Nelson said that unless his abortion amendment or language like it was added to the health bill, he would join a Republican filibuster against the measure. “That’s not negotiable,” he said at the time.
But his tone changed Tuesday evening, after his amendment was tabled. Nelson said only that the outcome “made it harder to be supportive” of the legislation. “We’ll just have to see what develops,” he said.