Discuss as:

Nelson not yet prepared to be 60th vote

From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Senior aides to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) say that he is not prepared to be the 60th vote needed to pass the Reid health-care reform bill. Nelson said today that a proposed compromise he's studied does not yet ensure that a long-standing federal standard barring public funding of abortion would be maintained in the Senate health care bill.

Without further improvements, Nelson says, "the compromise is not sufficient."

However, Nelson did praise provisions in an abortion compromise that aides say adds new teen pregnancy initiatives and tax credits for adoption as "valuable improvements that will make a positive difference and promote life."

Nelson reiterated that he will not be able to support a cloture motion needing 60 votes to end debate on the underlying Senate bill if certain language in the bill remains.