AG King says no to Nebraska senator Nelson

(Montgomery) – Alabama Attorney General Troy King says that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s offer to include the other 49 states in the Nebraska Compromise Medicaid expense exemption is, “unacceptable under any and all circumstances.”

Attorney General King and twelve other attorneys general formed a group in December that objected, on constitutional grounds, to the special deal given by the United States Senate to the state of Nebraska in return for Senator Nelson’s key vote on the so-called healthcare reform package.

That deal exempts Nebraska exclusively from having to pay for the expense of new Medicaid recipients that will be created by the healthcare bill, while all other states will be forced to find funding for the expansions. The exclusive exemption will allow Nebraska taxpayers to avoid $100 million in new Medicaid costs.

“Thursday night, Senator Nelson called South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and offered to give all states their own version of the Nebraska Compromise in return for our attorneys general group calling off the dogs,” said King. “Attorney General McMaster’s response was exactly correct – we reject Senator Nelson’s offer.”

Attorney General King said, “This issue has never been about healthcare reform legislation; rather, it is about upholding the Constitution. I cannot stop the United States Senate from making shady deals and passing bad legislation, but I can object to a violation of the Constitution and take actions as attorney general to stop it.”

Attorney General King said that his public statement on December 31, 2009, still stands.

In that statement, Attorney General King said that he and his fellow attorneys general agreed that, “if the highest ranking members of the United States Senate were unwilling to respect their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution as they considered one of the most important public policy issues in generations, we would.”

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  • by Ben Location: Dothan on Jan 6, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    Bobby Bright just gave a check to Enterprise for $500,000 for sewer upgrades. He didn't get that money to distribute for nothing. Congressmen trade their votes for benefits for their constituents. Nothing new and nothing illegal in that.
  • by James Location: Austin, Texas on Jan 5, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    I had heard the citizens of Nebraska were offended by Sen. Nelson's behavior. Thank you, Michael, for the apology to the voters of other states. I am heartened that Nebraska voters stand by their principles and will remove an arrogant and self-bloated representative from office. To me, it makes no difference whether it might be a Democrat or Republican.
  • by Tom Location: Blackwell on Jan 5, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Hooray for these brave Attorney Generals to take this crook of a US Senator to task for accepting what amounts to a bribe for his purchased vote in support of the health care scam. Here's hoping the citizens of Nebraska vote Ben Nelson out of office for being the crook that he is.
  • by Michael Location: Nebraska on Jan 4, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    On behalf of the 83% of Nebraskans who think Nelson's bribe stinks, I apologize to the other 49 states. Unfortunately, Nebraska has no provisions for a public recall of a sitting U.S. Senator. Believe me, the wheels would be in motion by now if it did. Nelson has recently told a local journalist who took exception to the betrayal of his supporters "Who are you gonna run against me!?" Unfortunately for both Nelson, Nebraskans, and Americans, his delusion of invincibility led him to vote for the Health Care bill. Word on the street is that Nelson is shocked that his re-election prospects are now nil, including a poll that Nelson is running ten points behind anybody/nobody in a head to head run.
  • by Stuart Location: Enterprise on Jan 4, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    I agree with attorney general King 100 percent!!!
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