Bill Nelson at center of Democrats' internal squabble over deficit plan

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[T]ensions erupted at a private meeting this week of a handful of key Democratic members. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), facing reelection next year, spoke up to oppose a plan being drafted by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad that would impose a new surtax on millionaires of about three percent … [S]ome liberal Democratic senators worry that Obama, who needs swing voters for next year’s election, is prepared to rely too much on spending cuts and not enough on higher taxes to achieve the deficit reduction. They view a Senate budget plan as a way to pull negotiations leftward … Conrad … told Democrats this week that his budget plan would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years. … Harry Reid … said … half the reductions would come from tax increases and half from cuts.” More from the Washington Post here.

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