Saturday, December 19, 2009

Bought and Sold!

Nelson caves...hope he got more than Mary Landrieu;
Sen. Ben Nelson to announce support for health-care bill

By Shailagh Murray
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 19, 2009; 9:07 AM

Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), the final Democratic holdout on health care, was prepared to announce to his caucus Saturday morning that he would support the Senate reform bill, clearing the way for final passage by Christmas.

"We're there," said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), as he headed into a special meeting to announce the deal.

Democratic leaders spent days trying to hammer out a deal with Nelson, and worked late Friday night with Nelson on abortion coverage language that had proved the major stumbling block. But Nelson also secured other favors for his home state.

Asked if he was prepared to support the bill, Nelson said, "Yeah."

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