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Affordable Care Act carrying high cost for Nelson

The Supreme Court’s ruling on tax increases contained in The Affordable Care Act has galvanized opposition against Florida’s only Senator to vote for it.  The House has again voted to repeal President Obama’s signature legislation, but a Senate vote has not yet been held. Democratic leadership in the Senate has made no indication that a repeal vote will be scheduled, forcing Florida residents to use Senator Bill Nelson’s yea vote on the original bill as his official position surrounding the ACA. Leading up to the Court’s ruling, Nelson held a double digit lead over his closest rival, Rep. Connie Mack. Over a month after the ruling, Mack ...

Nelson Plays Moderate at Tax Hearing

By Zayida Baker Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chaired a September hearing of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility that prescribed a tax code with more taxpayers, lower rates and fewer loopholes—a platform that he and Democrats often contradict. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Professor Martin Feldstein, former Michigan Gov. John Engler, Professor John Taylor, and Professor Edward Kleinbard testified. The newly reinstated subcommittee’s second hearing addressed “tax expenditures,” or loopholes, through which government loses revenue—$1.2 trillion in 2008—that it must recoup elsewhere. Nelson recounted that, as a ...

Col. McCalister Gunning for Nelson’s Job

By Zayida Baker Retired Army Col. Mike McCalister, R-Plant City, is running to replace Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and be “the last line of defense” against politicians who do not properly protect the U.S. and its Constitution. McCalister spoke June 18 at the Republican Leadership Conference. In November he debated competitors at the Florida Tea Party Convention. In October he greeted a Lakeland convention on Agenda 21, the United Nations’ plan to standardize environmental laws and measures worldwide. McCalister, an “unapologetic conservative,” gave a characteristically energetic presentation of his candidacy December 13 to the ...

Republican Candidates Vie to Fight Nelson

By Zayida Baker Republican senatorial candidates former Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., former Florida House of Representatives Majority Leader Adam Hasner, businessman Craig Miller, and retired Army Col. Mike McCalister are courting conservatives in a wide-open primary to challenge incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in 2012. The four faced off August 20 in a two-hour Orlando debate. They did not argue with each other and agreed on most points, such as opposing stem-cell research, civil unions, hate-crimes legislation, and federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Hasner and LeMieux, the two politicians in the race, have both pledged to vote to ...

Nelson Votes for Another Stimulus

By Zayida Baker Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., voted October 11 for President Obama’s jobs bill, a $447 billion package meant to stimulate the economy with infrastructure spending and job-creation. The bill failed to win a filibuster-proof majority. After Obama touted it as his “jobs bill” in a primetime address to Congress and the nation September 8, the Senate finally considered the American Jobs Act October 11. Totaling $447 billion, it combines $270 billion in payroll and other tax cuts and tax credits for hiring with $175 billion in infrastructure, extended unemployment benefits, law enforcement and teachers’ salaries, redevelopment of ...

Old-Hand Nelson Flubs Public Relations

By Zayida Baker Though Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has represented Floridians since 2001, freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., seems to be cultivating a better relationship with them. According to his official biography, “Florida’s own Bill Nelson” is known as “a staunch advocate for all Floridians and a moderate voice in the increasingly partisan world of national politics.” However, at least three tea party leaders in central Florida swing districts disagree. To them, Nelson is unfailingly tied to Obama and greets them with a closed ear. Although these three speak as both Floridians and grassroots leaders, they are usually ignored. ...

Nelson Stresses Centrist Process over Substance in Debt Debate

By Zayida Baker Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., voted on Tuesday, August 2, for the debt compromise put forward by President Obama and congressional leaders. It was enacted Tuesday afternoon. The Budget Control Act raises the debt ceiling in two stages by up to $2.4 trillion total, which should fund government through the 2012 elections. It immediately allows $400 billion in fresh borrowing, then allows $500 billion more unless Congress vetoes it. This $900 billion is tied to $917 billion in cuts over the next ten years, mostly after 2012. The second stage features a debt-limit increase between $1.2 trillion and $1.5 trillion, equal to the amount ...

Nelson Chairs Neglected Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility

By Zayida Baker Democrats chose Bill Nelson to lead the resurrected Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility. His commitment to the issue is questionable. Sen. Bill Nelson oversees one of government’s most basic duties as chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility, housed in the Senate Finance Committee. The Finance Committee oversees all taxes, revenue and entitlements. Nelson also serves on the Budget Committee, which drafts the yearly federal budget and delimits congressional expenditures. Created in February, the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth had its only hearing on the fiscally paltry topic of ...

Introducing Sen. Bill Nelson, Warrior Against Corporations

By Zayida Baker Bill Nelson has battled Big Oil, Wall Street, and insurance companies in Florida’s name for decades, but he does not represent tea party constituents. Bill Nelson is not new to politics. The 68-year-old Florida native won his first elected post in 1972 to the Florida House of Representatives. He enacted America’s first state law against computer fraud. He left for Congress in 1979 to represent Orlando and the Space Coast. In 1986, while still in the House, he orbited the Earth for six days aboard the space shuttle Columbia. The trip and his chairmanship of the Space Subcommittee began his career as “the leading congressi...

News Briefing for Thursday, January 29, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: McCaul border bill is not enough to stand up to Obama (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) “During the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans across the country campaigned hard on opposing executive amnesty by President Obama, and securing the country’s borders.  The president famously intoned that “every single one” of his policies was on the ballot; the voters took heed and rewarded Republicans with historic majorities. The GOP now has a chance to make good on its pledges. Unfortunately, the current Republican “border security” bill is not the vehicle for them to show that they’re serious. With the misleading title ...