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Scott Brown to back Democrats' jobs bill

By Ben Pershing
Newly elected Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) will vote to advance Democrats' $15 billion jobs bill Monday evening, breaking with his party and giving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) one of the two votes he needs to move the measure forward.

Democrats have sought to pressure Brown into backing the measure, pointing out that he captured the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D) seat by promising to be an independent voice. With Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) absent following his cancer diagnosis, Democrats need at least two Republican votes to reach the 60 necessary to move to final passage later this week, and so far no other GOP senator has announced plans to support the measure.

"I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families," Brown said in a statement issued by his office. "This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I will vote for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.

"I was disappointed with the continuation of politics-as-usual in the drafting of this bill, as it was crafted behind closed doors, without transparency and accountability. I hope for improvements in that process going forward. All of us, Republicans and Democrats, have to work together to get our economy back on track. I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington."

By Ben Pershing  |  February 22, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
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You are all thanking him for backing a "NON-PARTISAN" job's bill. All we have heard about for a year is how Republican's are obstructing and there is no partisanship in the senate. I am an Independent moving to the right. I do not trust those that lie. Belonging to a party doesn't matter anymore anyway. If there is a job opening in Washington Government....Anyone qualifies. Politicians are all the same. Hypocrites.

Posted by: Intuition1010 | February 24, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

To the Satanic Christians and Christian Taliban.

Scott Brown was elected to represent Massachusetts, not Dick Cheney and the Church of Satan. Not the national christian taliban. Not the national GOP.

States elect representatives, not the national party. I suggest you pull out the constitution and read it, though you satanists hate the constitution.

May I also suggest you get out the King James Bible and get to know Jesus and accept him as you savior. Don't follow the Lord of Darkness or his deciples like Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin.

Posted by: JoeMama2 | February 23, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The teabaggers are now pouring venom on Brown for voting with the Democrats... Very entertaining.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 23, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

We all know that Scott Brown was elected from MA and needs to show that he has an open mind and can be bipartisan. However, does he really think that borrowing or printing $15 billion more dollars is the way to help the country or MA? Or maybe he thinks we should raise taxes on the residents of MA to pay for the $15 billion instead of running up debt? Sen Brown...stand for fixing the problem....not making it worse!!!! You weren't elected to show you can run up debt as fast as any democrat!!!!

Posted by: valwayne | February 22, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Bye, bye, Brown. Always said I'd trust him up until the first time he caved in and tried the maverick routine. Didn't think he would fold so quickly. So much for his future as anything but another version of California's Arnie. He starts out talking tough conservative but he will swerve back and forth and essentially just end up throwing everyone off his bandwagon. Conservatives should tolerate none of this regardless of how nice he seems and how much we appreciate what he did by winning Mass. Too much at stake for the country, no luxury or time left for playing in the middle of the road.

Posted by: 4rbish | February 22, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

james10: You have to read a little better and think a little deeper. Notice I said, "more republican type ideas". That doesn't mean the bill is as good as it could be or even be passed. Other liberal aspects negate the better conservative ideas. I guess you didn't know there was a much better bill with a majority of support from both dems and republicans that Reid chucked out.

Posted by: commonlogic | February 22, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

...You may be right, only it will be on the dems heads. Actually this jobs bill has more republican type ideas in it than democrat. ...

Posted by: commonlogic

So you're saying that the Democrats are voting for it because it has more Republican ideas in it and the Republicans [except 5] are voting against it because it has more Republican ideas in it. So the Republicans are against what they're for and the Democrats are for what they are against.

So if it "works". You take credit for it because it's conservative and if it doesn't work than you blame the Democrats because they voted for it.

I guess it's like the original Social Security Act. 80% of the sitting GOP in the House and Senate voted for it even though they were against it.

Posted by: James10 | February 22, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

This proposal is absolutely Nutz! This bill is so paltry as to be laughable. The house is burning down and the ranting whackos have so terrified Congress that they are trying to put out a 3 alarm fire with a squirt gun!
But, I applaud Scott Brown's guts and Patriotism. Somebody's got to get off the dime and do something besides rant and criticize.
Tax Breaks (Giveaways) are absolutely useless when Un-employment is 25-30% (which it is).
Businesses cannot THINK of hiring anyone, Un-employed or not, when there is no Demand for their Goods or Services. There is no Demand even for groceries or fast-food breakfasts. Even if there were Demand, Businesses have to be able to borrow from Banks in order to float the "new" employee's Wages or their Inventory or A/R. Banks are not only NOT lending, they are calling Businesses' Operating Lines of Credit.
FIRST, Demand must be created by putting the Un-employed back to Work. The only way is the same way FDR did: WPA, PWA & CCC. Once Un-employment drops to 8-9% via government jobs programs, then there will be Demand. That Demand, and only that will allow Businesses to Hire the Un-employed. But, by then, the Tax Breaks (Giveaways) may not be necessary.
$250,000,000,000 is the immediate requirement. Make the Banks lend it back to We the People at 0%!

Posted by: Whittier5 | February 22, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I am an independent voter and I heartily applaud Sen. Scott Brown for his efforts to Help Us Find Some Common Ground. We need more leaders like Sen. Brown who are committed to moving our country forward instead of stonewalling or just standing by and doing nothing while we all continue sinking further and further...

With the troubles at hand, feels like we’re sinking
It’s time to wake up and change our thinking
If we lose our way, everyone will pay

Just like fire, fire that’s raging
No one can control these wars we’re waging
There’s no end in sight, how long must we fight?

Bring us back, bring us back to the middle
Lift us up, lift us up, don’t drag us down
Give us strength, give us strength to bend a little
Help us find, help us find some common ground

Let’s put our differences aside
Start a new revolution
If we work side by side
We’ll find the solution

Bring us back, bring us back to the middle
Lift us up, lift us up, don’t drag us down
Give us strength, give us strength to bend a little
Help us find, help us find some common ground

Posted by: ManintheMiddle | February 22, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy to break the news on this blog. Scott Brown was one of five .... count em FIVE Republicans that voted for the stimulus bill ....

[BIG GRIN]

Posted by: James10 | February 22, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

jms3rd: You may be right, only it will be on the dems heads. Actually this jobs bill has more republican type ideas in it than democrat. Compared to what Obama and the dems have been voting for and proposing, this bill is quite conservative and responsible, again by comparison. Brown can point to this vote and now say he's an independent vote and proceed to vote against liberalism and in favor of more conservative solutions. I would have preferred he vote against it, but I can see his angle.

Posted by: commonlogic | February 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

This is not a jobs bill. There is a real big difference between a tax cut and a tax credit, look it up.

Posted by: genomega | February 22, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the Massachusetts voters sent a clear message to Scott Brown that they expected him to be #41. Looks like he's just another politician thinking he knows better than us dummies.

Posted by: thehamptons1

Scott Brown is pro-choice, supports gay marriage and supports the "socialist" health care plan adopted by Mass ...

And you gather the Mass voters elected him to be pro-life, anti gay marriage and against the "socialist" health care plan that Mass adopted?

You've been watching Fox News and listening to Glenn Beck!

When Scott Brown was elected I said I'd take 30 Scott Browns for 30 Blue Dog Democrats any day of the week.

Posted by: James10 | February 22, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

TOO BAD FOR SCOTT BROWN. He went for the small potatoes and he thinks he can get away with anything now that he is a superstar.
This bill is too little and those with the fortitude to fight can do better. You are too eager to show how fair and impartial you are. The end result will be that neither side will trust you.
Big mistake for rookie.

Posted by: mharwick | February 22, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the Massachusetts voters sent a clear message to Scott Brown that they expected him to be #41. Looks like he's just another politician thinking he knows better than us dummies.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 22, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Shoot a repulican today for a better america tommorrow.Just do it.

Posted by: hyroller56 | February 22, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse


Wait till Scott Brown announces he's backing the health care reform bill...


Posted by: demtse

That will happen as soon as we see Obama's college grades and papers.

Posted by: cschotta1 | February 22, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

How will $15 billion get people jobs when $800 billion did not? Is this an admission that the $800 billion was wasted? That it wasn't a jobs bill after all?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 22, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden told us the rushed stimulus bill, now costing more than $860 billion, was all about JOBS JOBS JOBS. What happened? 4 million jobs were lost in the year since the stimulus passed.

Now, Scotty Brown is telling us $15 billion will employ people? Are you kidding me? Could he not have waited a month or so to be hosed by Harry?

If a guy is buying Harry Reid's BS, and letting Harry Reid use him in a campaign commercial, Scott Brown will need to join his daughter in badly needed singing lession.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 22, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden told us the rushed stimulus bill, now costing more than $860 billion, was all about JOBS JOBS JOBS. What happened? 4 million jobs were lost in the year since the stimulus passed.

Now, Scotty Brown is telling us $15 billion will employ people? Are you kidding me? Could he not have waited a month or so to be hosed by Harry?

If a guy is buying Harry Reid's BS, and letting Harry Reid use him in a campaign commercial, Scott Brown will need to join his daughter in badly needed singing lession.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 22, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Where does the money come from?

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | February 22, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse


Wait till Scott Brown announces he's backing the health care reform bill...


Posted by: demtse | February 22, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah, Mr. Brown!

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | February 22, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

either way it's up to the party in power to put forth a bill to help create jobs...
it will be on them to insure that it does just that...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 22, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Scott, maybe I was wrong about you...let's get that jobs bill passed!

Posted by: dudh | February 22, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

As a resident of Wrentham, Ma. I am proud and thankful that Mr. Brown is making decisions with an independent voice and not strictly along party lines. I hope that his future decisions will be made intelligently and responsibly and not for short term political gain. Remember we are still Mass!

Posted by: kregan1_02093 | February 22, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP can't afford to abandon their newest star, can they?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 22, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Can't make a judgement on this guy just yet... At least this shows he does have a pragmatic streak, and thats a good think. Absolute loyalty to party or ideology is asinine and not in the interests of the people or the country.

Posted by: keirreva | February 22, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

A Republican with integrity is a national treasure. There are so few of them. I agree the Jobs Bill is weak, but people are hurting and it's better than nothing. Thanks Scott. How about talk to your colleague from Maine or something.

Posted by: DavidH3 | February 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Why does my mind go back to those Woody Woodpecker cartoons years ago. I imagine Scott Brown as being Woody and he flies over the GOP and the Tea Party faithful heads dropping you know what on them and chuckling..."Ah ah ah ahhh ho, ah ah ah ahhh ho, ahhhhhhhh....fooled you that time".

Posted by: jms3rd | February 22, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Dr_JES wrote: "party loyalty won't help people who are out of work!"
AMEN to that!

Posted by: paris1969 | February 22, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Strike One

Posted by: Indpnt1 | February 22, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse


Hello Dims: Harry Reid needs 60 votes to put the bill to the floor for a vote. It only needs 51 votes to pass, but it needs 60 votes for cloture to end debate before it can come to a vote.


Posted by: screwjob2 | February 22, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I certainly thank Senator Brown for rejecting the filibuster.

Waxtrax - you are thinking that the filibuster involved actual talking. Senators are far too lazy for that and took care of it decades ago. All the burden is on those who want to have an "up or down vote" to produce 60 votes to be able to have the real vote. The Republicans don't have to do anything.

Posted by: Hopeful9 | February 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I knew it! I knew he was a RINO!

A Mass. or New York Republican is further left than a South Carolina Democrat.

Posted by: thetan | February 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse


That's fine. And when Senator Scott Brown votes the Republican party line the rest of the time, Dims can be silent because Brown has shown he votes his conscience. Good for Scott Brown.

Do not expect Obamacare to be rescued by Senator Scott Brown however.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 22, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Exactly why does Harry Reid need 60 votes to move forward? Put the bill on the Senate floor and let the GOP filibuster and go down on record as opposing a jobs bill. Let America see the true side of the GOP.

Posted by: waxtraxs | February 22, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

If we intend to work with our counterparts, then I recommend that we skip the pressure tactics and instead use words like Please and Thank you - which is something that I find totally missing in Washington! And yet we are somehow expected to lead the Nation, and possibly push aside the World. So maybe Excuse me wouldn't hurt either ! Just a thought.

Posted by: jralger | February 22, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

there go his re-election funds...

well, we know what he has that his opponent didn't. balls. figuratively and literally.

Posted by: j762 | February 22, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Two thumbs up.

Posted by: James10 | February 22, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Scott! My unemployed son in MA needs the help-- party loyalty won't help people who are out of work!

Posted by: Dr_JES | February 22, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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