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Scott Brown to Join Democrats on Jobs Bill

Newly-elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown joined Democrats and four other Republicans in voting for cloture on the latest spending package dubbed the "Jobs Bill" on Monday. "I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington," Brown said in a statement.

Most Republicans opposed the bill, expressing frustration that a more bi-partisan proposal focusing on tax cuts had been gutted by Harry Reid. "This vote was not about jobs. I wish it were," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah.) said. "Two weeks ago, the majority leader decided to pull the rug out from under a common-sense bipartisan bill only hours after it was introduced...and then quickly made sure that Republicans had no input into the measure."

Brown was accompanied by Republican Senators Snowe (ME), Collins (ME), Voinovich (OH) and Bond (MO) in supporting the slimmed-down $15 billion Democrat plan.


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I've heard it said that a c... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I've heard it said that a conservative is a liberal who just got mugged. Lucy just moved the football at the last second. Again.

I hope this is just a beginner's mistake for Brown. I like this guy, but the last thing the country needs right now is another Olympia Snow.

"Jobs" bill, my ass.

He may be the new Republica... (Below threshold)
James H:

He may be the new Republican golden boy, but he still represents one of the most liberal states in the nation. You're have to expect him to cross party lines on occasion.

Seems kind of McCainish of ... (Below threshold)
914:

Seems kind of McCainish of him.

Think <a href="http://en.wi... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Think 'sacrificial anode'. A very visible Republican has just voted for a Democratic bill!

The Dems can't pay the 'Party of No!' card now. The Republicans can just laugh when it's tried...

If you go back over what "d... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

If you go back over what "downtown Scotty Brown" said during his campaign, this is unexpected and surprising. He talked about common sense a lot in his campaign and business as usual in Washington. He would not be part of it. So what happened? This cannot be attributed to a lapse in judgment because he is a smart guy. Is there any justification for his vote at this time of gargantuan deficits caused by unchecked spending? I think not. I hope to hell the people of Mass. and people around the country that supported him with votes and money hold him accountable and make his Senate career a short one.

Im laughing at the dem's an... (Below threshold)
914:

Im laughing at the dem's anyways. Just say no!

this was a cloture vote ...... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

this was a cloture vote ...

talk about making a mountain out of a grain of sand ...

this bill is a tax break bill, not a spending bill ... the bigger tax break bill got killed by Reid ...

just wait for the actual vote and see how many Repubs vote for it ... once it gets larded up even Brown may switch ...

Kill ObamaCare, Cap and Tax and Card Check ...
anything else is a distraction ...

Scott Brown gave himself "c... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Scott Brown gave himself "creds" to vote against the REALLY bad shit Obama and the Dems are preparing to shovel.

$15 billion "Jobs Bill" versus a $TRILLION$$$ Health Care takeover...the $15 billion is a small price to pay to stop the rest of the bullshit!

... and in other news, ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

... and in other news, the sun rose in the East this morning ...

This is hardly a shock. The significance of Brown's win was not that a new Ronald Reagan had won there, but that a Republican had won in Kennedyland. The comparison to McCain is in some way off but in others a good analogy - Brown will not be as conservative as many hope, but he will definitely be an improvement on what we saw from SenatorTed.

At least he didn't just vot... (Below threshold)
Roy:

At least he didn't just vote "Present"

Read and understand Comment... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Read and understand Comment No. 7 (which is 100% correct), ignore the shrill rantings of the Glenn Beck crowd, tune out the shrill ravings of the Michelle Malkin bloc, and then move on to more productive endeavors.

I agree with JLawson and Ju... (Below threshold)
kevino:

I agree with JLawson and Justrand: while the White House and Democrats scream about how the GOP refuses to let them vote on anything, people will remember that the jobs bill got a vote. The bill isn't great, but the cloture vote gives the GOP good publicity and gives them a good platform to throw rocks at Senator Reid's partisanship in trashing the bi-partisan approach. And all of this comes at a time when the White House is undermining their own "bi-partisan" dog and pony show on healthcare reform by announcing their own bill before talking to Republicans

Hardly unexpected, and a ve... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Hardly unexpected, and a very cheap way for Brown to appeal to the liberals at home - cloture was assured already with Snowe, Collins, and Cryin' George.

At least this may stop some people from insisting Brown should be the 2012 GOP nominee, eh?

Both versions should have b... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

Both versions should have been voted down.

YOU DON'T HAVE THE FREAKING MONEY!!!

RINO inc. ... (Below threshold)
914:

RINO inc.

I don't think Brownie or th... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

I don't think Brownie or those who love him have reached mutual understanding just yet.




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