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Nelson wakes from summertime nap

Sen. Bill Nelson was so silent on healthcare this summer that activists from his own party rallied outside his offices and public appearances. At one overheated rally, an activist was knocked to the ground. Still, the always-cautious Nelson had more to say about pythons than public options as the debate raged on.

But the senator has been more outspoken in recent weeks, stepping into the role of a champion of Medicare recipients eager to duke it out with the insurance companies. Story about his entry into the healthcare debate is here. Nelson's column today in USA Today is here.

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Paul Revere

Wake up Floridians !!!!

Bill Nelson IS MORE concerned about pythons in the Everglades than his constituents. He has ignored our voices and continued to side and vote with the Democratic Party for a power grab than serve the people.

To his credit his office has replied to SOME of my questions this year. BUT as you can see from the EXCERPTS from actual email responses to me that ...

He uses CANNED responses and HAS CONSISTENTLY been on the wrong side of the issue ...

September 15, 2009
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"What the President described is pretty close to the draft of a bill I'm helping prepare as a member of the Senate Finance Committee."


July 28, 2009
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" ... The American people are hurting. They are losing their homes, their jobs, their businesses and their life savings. Economists across the political spectrum agree that the government needs to take bold and immediate action to stimulate the economy and curb the risk of a protracted economic recession ..."


July 9, 2009
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" ... Right now the American people are hurting. They are losing their homes, their jobs, their businesses and their life's savings. Economists across the political spectrum agree that the government needs to take bold and immediate action to stimulate the economy and curb the risk of a protracted economic recession ...

... I voted for the economic stimulus package because I believe it is narrowly targeted to spend and invest in ways that will get the economy moving again. It invests in our infrastructure, creating badly needed jobs, and provides critical tax relief to businesses and middle-class Americans. It also shores up unemployment benefits and food stamps, provides aid to seniors and disabled veterans, and invests in our children through 21st Century education. The bill improves access to health care and promotes energy independence ..."


January 29, 2009
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" ...The American people are hurting. They are losing their homes, their jobs, their businesses and their life savings. Economists across the political spectrum agree that the government needs to take bold and immediate action to stimulate the economy and curb the risk of a protracted economic recession.

The economic stimulus package will provide critical tax relief, shore up unemployment benefits and food stamps, improve access to health care, and promote energy independence. I believe the stimulus package is narrowly targeted to spend and invest in ways that will get the economy moving again ... "

January 28, 2009
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" ... Mr. Geithner admitted an honest mistake on his taxes and the IRS agreed, choosing not to penalize him. Also, all taxes owed were paid with interest.

The Finance Committee took testimony from Mr. Geithner on January 21, and favorably reported his nomination. On January 26, I joined the majority of the Senate in confirming Mr. Geithner, and he was sworn in later that day.

Given what's at stake with our economy, it is vital that we have a Treasury Secretary who is ready to act ... "

It is time to retire Bill Nelson from public service on his next bid for re-election.

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