Honorable Ben Nelson
United States Senator, Nebraska, Democrat
Senator Nelson was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000. He served as Governor of Nebraska from 1990 to 1998. He is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; and the Veterans Affairs Committee. The following is from the October 16, 2003, Senate floor debate on emergency supplemental appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan. When the President delivered his address announcing the $87 billion he would ask Congress to approve for postwar military operations and construction and reconstruction in Iraq, known as the supplemental, there was clearly a collective gasp from the American people….