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.
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
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 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)?
“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.”
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