UPDATE, 12:50p: Nebraska Right to Life has emailed a transcript typed from notes of Sen. Nelson’s interview on KLIN this morning…
Q: Has the federal funding for abortion language been changed enough to satisfy you?
A: No, that alone is reason to not to vote for cloture. Hyde should not be weakened, either directly or indirectly. Stupak language is the right language. Others want to improve but don’t know if they will be successful….
Q: If abortion language is to your satisfaction, is that enough to vote for cloture?
Q: Casey’s language
A: Waiting for feedback, I”ll make the decision. Getting input wherever we can. Without further modification it (Casey) isn’t sufficient. Important things have been added (teen pregnancy initiatives, refund tax credit for adoption: lot of improvement). But the basics of funding abortion not answered yet.
A: An deadline that is not achievable is not helpful. I can’t tell you in the next week if there is something they can do on the abortion language but I don’t see how.
Said he is not going to be rushed into a deadline. Can’t vote now for cloture on motion to proceed.
NE Sen. Ben Nelson – the moderate Democrat whose opposition is holding up the Senate’s health care bill – says new language on abortion doesn’t satisfy his concerns.
Nelson told KLIN radio in Lincoln, NE, Thursday that an attempt at compromise doesn’t get to the fundamental issue of barring federal funding for abortions.
Nelson says without further changes the compromise isn’t sufficient.
Catholic and anti-abortion groups have also weighed in against the new language, which attempts to separate public from private funding of abortion.
Democrats are wooing Nelson in order to get the 60 votes needed to pass a sweeping health care bill by Christmas.
But Nelson said abortion wasn’t his only concern and he didn’t see how the Christmas deadline could be met.