Think Progress: Nelson ‘Undecided’ On Recovery Plan: ‘I Don’t Even Know How Many Democrats Will Vote For It As It Stands’: On Wednesday, when the House voted 244 - 188 to approve the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 11 Democrats joined with the entire Republican caucus in voting against the bill. Now, as the stimulus debate moves to the Senate, it appears that some Democratic senators are challenging the Obama administration’s stimulus plans as well.
The Washington Post reported this morning that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) “remains undecided about the bill“:
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who remains undecided about the bill, said he opposes money going to research projects at the National Institutes of Health and about $13 billion for Pell grants that help students pay for college. Nelson says the measures are worthy but do not belong in legislation designed to stimulate the economy.
Despite what Nelson says, both increased NIH funding and money for Pell grants are actually a wise use of stimulus dollars.
Senators from traditionally Republican states have more, not less, of a stake in Barack Obama's presidency being perceived as a success in the fall of 2012.