Senator Nelson: 'I've Never Used an ATM'

Which makes it hard to be mad at fees
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2010 5:15 PM CDT
Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., answers reporters' questions on Capitol Hill Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Ben Nelson is taking some razzing today for comments he made to the Omaha World-Herald about ATM fees: “I've never used an ATM, so I don't know what the fees are,” said the 69-year-old Nebraska senator. "It's true, I don't know how to use one. But I could learn how to do it just like I've ... I swipe to get my own gas, buy groceries. I know about the holograms.” (The latter refers to bar codes, says a spokesman.)

Nelson is not alone, as fellow senators Mike Johanns and Charles Grassley (ranking Republican on the banking panel) say they rarely use them, either. "The remarks provide further evidence of the generation gap at work in the halls of Congress, where the average age is now among the highest of any Congress in recent history," writes Dan Eggen in the Washington Post. And they don't bode well for Tom Harkin's proposal to rein in the fees.

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