From NBC's Mark Murray
According to the AP, Sen. Ben Nelson (D) said he was supporting the Senate health-care bill after extracting a concession on its abortion language. Nelson would become the 60th vote for the legislation, assuming no other Democrat or independent (Lieberman, Sanders) chooses to join a GOP filibuster to block it.
A holdout no more, Sen. Ben Nelson agreed Saturday to provide the 60th and deciding vote for Senate passage of sweeping health care legislation, capping a year of struggle and a final burst of deadline bargaining. Nelson, D-Neb., said he made his decision after winning fresh concessions to limit the availability of abortions in insurance sold in a newly created exchanges.
"I know this is hard for some of my colleagues to accept and I appreciate their right to disagree. But I would not have voted for this bill without these provisions," he said at a news conference in the Capitol. He also noted he had successfully fended off attempts to provide for a government-run insurance option to compete with private
At 10:45 am ET, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a news conference to discuss his "manager's amendment," which contains the new abortion language and the public-option change.