The Weekly Standard reports that according to a Senate staffer, Rahm Emanuel and the White House are extorting Senator Ben Nelson’s vote for the Senate health care bill. At the top of Nelson’s objections to the legislation is abortion funding.
Nelson (D-NE) has consistently said that he will not vote for the bill if the provision to fund abortions remains in the legislation. If this report is true, the White House is saying, vote for the bill or we close Offutt Air Force Base.
Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal
employees in Southeastern Nebraska. As our source put it, this is a
“naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson’s
vote.” They are “threatening to close a base vital to national security
for what?” asked the Senate staffer.