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Insights: A Conversation With Former Senator Ben Nelson

November 8, 2021
1 min read

Former Senator Ben Nelson spent two terms in the “world’s great deliberative body” dealing directly with some of the most consequential legislation and political issues of our time, including the Affordable Care Act, the Iraq War, and the 2008 financial crisis. In this episode of HPS Insights, he discusses his new book, “Death of the Senate,” with Managing Director Bryan DeAngelis.  Senator Nelson talks about what can be done to overcome the current gridlock in the Senate, his unique insights on how the filibuster should be strengthened, and why members of Congress need to spend more time in Washington—not less. Throughout the podcast, Senator Nelson emphasizes that the Senate needs to return to its civil, bipartisan roots through cross-party luncheons, congressional delegations, and other activities that build up camaraderie and friendship. Senator Nelson also touches on his tenure in government, highlighting dinners with Senator McCain, his role in the “Gang of 14,” and his transition from Governor to Senator. 

You can listen to the full conversation here. You can also learn more about Senator Nelson’s book here. Subscribe to the HPS Podcast Channel on your favorite podcast service for more insights and our weekly Macrocast.

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