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Sen. Scott Brown & the Jobs Bill
February 22, 2010Posted by on
UPDATE: The Senate has cleared the major procedural hurdle on the $15 billion jobs bill, voting 62-30 to end a Republican filibuster.
While I personally do not support the job bill that was just passed in the Senate, I will give major kudos to newly elected Senator Scott Brown for his comments on why he intends to vote on the bill. Senators on both sides of the aisle need to be pragmatic while remaining principled.
But the Democrats aren’t out of the woods just yet. In order to reach the magic 60 number, they will need to obtain one more GOP vote, since New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg is still in the hospital for cancer treatment.
Below are excerpts of Sen. Brown’s statement.
“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. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I voted 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.”