Nelson pessimistic about fiscal cliff talks: anxious for "next chapter"

Senator Ben Nelson Wednesday expressed his frustration with the unwillingness of Congress to solve the nation's economic issues as he begins his final days as the state's senior U.S. Senator.

Nelson told reporters he was pessimistic a lot would get done on the country's economic woes during the lame session because of the rancor between the extremes of both political parties.

Nelson says there is a lot of "happy talk" but not much action right now, and he's preparing Nebraskans for the worst regarding fiscal cliff negotiations while still hoping for the best. Nelson says Congress does not have the time in the lame duck session to adequately debate tax and entitlement reform that should have been taken care of in the last year and a half.

As far as retirement, Nelson says he is excited about the next chapter in his life even if he doesn't know what he will be doing. Nelson told reporters during a teleconference Wednesday he is a little "melancholy" in his final days as a U.S. Senator but does not plan on seeking another elected office.

Nelson says he plans to live in Nebraska, and indicated whatever he does, he probably won't take much of a break before doing it.

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