Monday, February 22, 2010

SCOTT BROWN HELPS DEMS ADVANCE JOBS BILL

How quickly they forget who helps them get elected.  One facebook writer said, he voted this way because he represented his people in MA.  That's fine, but he came to all of us for support, he promised us, he would not only look out for his constituents in MA but for the country.  He needs to move his truck further to the right.


A modest job-creation bill advanced in the U.S. Senate on Monday as the chamber's newest Republican bucked his party and sided with Democrats on a $15 billion package of tax cuts and highway spending.

Republican Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week.

Brown was widely hailed as a conservative hero after his surprise victory in Massachusetts last month gave Republicans enough seats to block most Democratic legislation.
His election prompted President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats to call for increased bipartisanship, and an earlier version of the bill was written with Republican input.

But key Republicans withdrew their support after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scaled it back.
Brown said the bill was not perfect but would help put people back to work.

"I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington," he said in a statement.

The bill includes a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers, subsidies for state and local construction bonds and $19.5 billion to shore up a highway-construction fund.

Much of the cost is offset by a crackdown on offshore tax shelters.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan, editing by Philip Barbara)
H/T Reuters

4 comments:

  1. Hi Rotti, I just melted down about this on Twitter and am finally calming down some. I'm very disappointed in Brown, especially, as you say, he reached out to people across the country and many of us right here in Massachusetts would never have gotten involved in his campaign if we didn't think he'd be fiscally responsible. I was braced for a HCR vote, not for a stimulus vote. Ugh.

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  2. Fuzzy, I am truly sorry, I know how much this has meant to you, but he should know that it meant so much to all of us. Guess, I'll give him one more chance.

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  3. Throw out the ideas this guy is presidential material. I figure he's the new McCain.

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