Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) “announced Wednesday that he will vote against both Republican and Democratic funding bills later in the day when the Senate considers legislation to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year,” Fox News reports.
"In my view, neither is serious," Nelson told reporters on a conference call. "These bills are loaded down with tricks, treats, gimmicks, and games."
The conservative Democrat, up for re-election in 2012, said he wants to see cuts on the order of magnitude passed by House Republicans, who approved $61 billion in cuts to this year’s budget, cuts most Democrats have called "draconian."
And though Nelson clearly opposes the House bill, which he called "mean-spirited" and "bad for Nebraska," he did say, "I don’t want to go closer to the middle. I want to go closer to the $50 billion range (in cuts)…I want to move closer to that higher number with rational cuts."