On Wednesday, Florida Senator Bill Nelson announced that he will be voting against the nomination of South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
Nelson cited Mulvaney’s support for raising the retirement age for Social Security to 70, turning Medicare into a voucher system, and calling the whole system a “Ponzi Scheme”.
The Senator from Florida’s remarks lasted 18 minutes which included
“Now, I know how you can dress it up. You can say, “Oh, it’s not going to affect anybody that’s currently eligible,” but what about all the young people that are paying in?” asked Nelson “Well, time flies, and suddenly they find that they are approaching that age in their mid-60s. I don’t think people are going to take very well to Congressman Mulvaney’s position.”
Nelson also opposed Betsy DeVos’ nomination for Education Secretary and Tom Price for Health and Human Services Secretary. Both of them have past but pressure has been able to move the needle in some cases. DeVos required a tie breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to get through the nomination process and Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination when several Republicans began raising questions about his personal background drawing doubts he would make it through the confirmation process.