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SCOTT BROWN A RINO? He voted yes for Democrats “Jobs Bill” (Stimulus 2)

Posted by FactReal on February 22, 2010

Newly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) voted today to advance Democrats’ so-called Jobs Bill (a.k.a. Stimulus/Porkulus 2)
Scott Brown and 4 Republicans voted yes. All Democrats voted yes except one.
No surprise with Democrats who have voted almost monolithically for every Obama bill.

Will Americans finally see that the moderate Democrat (Blue Dog) is a unicorn and that Republicans are constantly being hurt by RINOs flirting with liberal policies?

Brown’s vote was crucial, because Democrat Harry Reid needed 60 votes to end debate (cloture), end the Republican filibuster and clear the bill for a final vote. Democrats received 2 more votes than the 60 votes needed to end a Republican filibuster.

Bill: H.R.2847 Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act
Roll Call: 62-30; 8 not voting
Republicans voting yes: Scott Brown (R-MA), Kit Bond (R-MO), Susan Collins (R-ME),
Olympia Snowe (R-ME), George Voinovich (R-OH)
Not voting: Bennett (R-UT), Brownback (R-KS), Burr (R-NC), Enzi (R-WY), Hatch (R-UT), Isakson (R-GA)
Democrats voting no: Nelson (D-NE)
Next & final vote: Wednesday, 2/24/2010

Why spend more money on a jobs bill when 65% of the first stimulus is still unspent?
We know Stimulus/Porkulus 1 has failed. (H/t: MM)

The $15B Porkulus II cloture roll call vote: Scott Brown, the Voinovich pay-off & business as usual

Scott Brown falls for the Democrats’ demagogic fallacy:

So in the second vote of his Senate career, Brown promptly voted to help Democrats cut off a Republican filibuster of a $15 billion jobs bill engineered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

“It’s not a perfect bill,” Brown said shortly after voting. “I was comfortable with that vote.”
Brown defended his vote, saying he was concerned about putting people back to work.
“Anytime you can make a small step, it’s still a step,” said Brown.

…Brown joined Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kit Bond (R-MO), and George Voinovich (R-OH) in voting with Democrats to quash the GOP filibuster. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) was the only Democrat to break ranks and vote against invoking cloture.

Will Scott Brown abandon his principles in the name of bipartisanship (a.k.a. submission to Democrats)?
Stimulus 1 did not work. Democrats have been ramming damaging bills under fake benevolent facades. Brown himself finds many things wrong with the bill, but still votes for it. Independent mind does not mean abandoning your principles.

“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.”

If Scott Brown feels he has to campaign for John McCain in Arizona to pay back McCain’s support in his [Brown’s] election in Massachusetts, then why do we criticize Democrats’ cronyism? If Scott Brown endorses McCain because he agrees with McCain’s RINO policies…then we have a HUGE problem.
Scott Brown to campaign for John McCain
Scott Brown records robocall for John McCain re-election bid


2 Responses to “SCOTT BROWN A RINO? He voted yes for Democrats “Jobs Bill” (Stimulus 2)”

  1. sirrahc said

    Yeah, Brown is definitely a mixed bag. But, if he can help defeat Obamacare and Cap ‘n Tax, it may be worth it. Maybe.


  2. […] Rep Frank, Barney (D-MA) Roll Call: 60-39 with three stupid RINOs voting ‘yes’: Scott Brown (R-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) [When will we stop electing RINOs. Conservatives […]

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