Washington (CNN) – Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican who recently won the Massachusetts seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, is wasting no time showing his independence.
Brown will vote to support cloture on a $15 billion jobs bill put forth by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid soon after a bipartisan agreement on a much larger $85 billion jobs package was announced by the chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.
"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. "This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I am voting for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work."
Brown's recent win in Massachusetts was powered in part by grassroots support from conservatives after Brown pledged to be the 41st vote against Democrats' health care reform bill which Senate Republicans needed to sustain a filibuster.
But on the day he was sworn in, Brown made it clear that he also intended to be an independent lawmaker who might sometimes part ways with his own party.
"If I see a bill that's good for my state first, I don't care where it comes from," Brown said. "If it's good for Massachusetts, I'll consider it."