WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has joined with a group pushing to reduce the national debt.
Nelson, now head of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, signed onto a new leadership council connected with the Campaign to Fix the Debt.
The council consists of 41 former governors — 20 Republicans and 21 Democrats. Nelson was governor of Nebraska before being elected to the Senate.
Maya MacGuineas, head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, said in a statement that former governors have credibility on issues of fiscal responsibility and welcomed Nelson to the new leadership council.
“His commitment and experience are a tremendous asset to the campaign as we push Congress and the Obama administration to work together to find common ground and put the country on a sustainable fiscal path,” MacGuineas said.
Former GOP congressman Hal Daub of Omaha also has worked with the bipartisan advocacy group, which Daub described as generally embracing the approach outlined by the presidential commission on the debt led by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. Those plans called for a mix of new tax revenues and spending cuts.