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Senate blocks $35B public safety bill

Senate blocks $35B public safety bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday rejected a $35 billion bill to provide federal money to state and local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers and first-responders.
Obama jobs bill moves to Plan B after Senate defeat

Obama jobs bill moves to Plan B after Senate defeat

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama moved to Plan B Wednesday after the Senate defeated his $447 billion jobs bill by refusing to let it come up for a vote.
Senate waylays Obama jobs bill

Senate waylays Obama jobs bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill was blocked by the U.S. Senate Tuesday night, failing to receive the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate.
GOP filibuster sinks unemployment bill

GOP filibuster sinks unemployment bill

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- A bill extending unemployment benefits failed Thursday to win the 60 votes needed to bring it to the floor in the U.S. Senate.
Senate rejects jobless benefits bill

Senate rejects jobless benefits bill

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted Thursday against cutting off debate on a bill to extend unemployment benefits and send financial help to distressed state governments.

Nebraska's Nelson to support DADT repeal

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- The push to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the U.S. military gained the backing of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Wednesday.
Deja vu, again

Deja vu, again

The votes looked the same, as did some of the rhetoric, as Republicans in Washington blocked debate on financial reform for the second straight day Tuesday.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Senate approves $15 billion jobs bill

Senate approves $15 billion jobs bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate voted to approve a $15 billion jobs bill Wednesday with 13 Republicans supporting the Democratic bill and one Democrat voting against it.
Health bill hits 60

Health bill hits 60

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- In the early hours of Monday morning in a snow-covered Capitol the Senate voted 60 to 40 to end debate on the health bill, clearing the way for a final vote on Christmas Eve.
By United Press International

Abortion may test final health bill deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Signs were emerging this weekend that abortion politics could become a key obstacle to a final deal to reform the U.S. health system, analysts say.
Nelson gives Democrats 60 healthcare votes

Nelson gives Democrats 60 healthcare votes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, the last Democratic holdout against the healthcare bill, announced Saturday he will support it, giving leaders enough votes for passage.

Healthcare vote before Christmas iffy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has until Saturday to stitch a 60-vote healthcare compromise if a Christmas Eve vote is to be taken, aides said.

Nelson: Abortion language not good enough

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Centrist Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said Thursday he won't vote to let healthcare legislation move ahead unless it has more restrictive language on abortion.

Nelson: Won't vote for abortion language

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., says he can't support a Senate healthcare reform measure because of its abortion language.
Senate nixes healthcare abortion language

Senate nixes healthcare abortion language

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, on a 54-45 vote, Tuesday rejected an amendment that would have restricted abortion coverage in pending healthcare legislation.
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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) speaks after the Senate and House reached an agreement on the $789 billion economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 11, 2009. The bill includes increased unemployment benefits, money for states that face budget deficits and preserves President Obama's requested tax cut. Both Houses are expected to vote on the new package in the coming days. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Earl Benjamin "Ben" Nelson (born May 17, 1941) is the Senior U.S. Senator from Nebraska, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. A Democrat, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

A native of McCook, in southwestern Nebraska, Nelson earned a B.A. in 1963 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by a M.A. in 1965, and a J.D. in 1970. Nelson's early career as assistant general counsel for Central National Insurance Group of Omaha was followed by service as Nebraska's State Insurance Director before he returned to Central National Insurance as an executive vice president; he eventually became the company's President.

Nelson entered politics in 1990, when he was elected the 37th Governor of Nebraska. He was easily re-elected in 1994 with 74% of the vote. Nelson ran for an open seat in the U.S. Senate in 1996, losing to Republican Chuck Hagel, and left the Governor's office in January 1999 due to term limits, after serving two full terms. Nelson was elected to the U.S. Senate in the 2000 election after incumbent Bob Kerrey retired.

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