February 24th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Brown defends vote on jobs bill

Washington (CNN) – New Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown issued a statement Wednesday explaining his vote in favor of a $15 billion jobs bill.

"We need to put partisanship aside to put people back to work," Brown said in his statement. "This jobs bill is far from perfect, and ideally would include deeper and broader tax cuts. I supported this measure because it does contain some tax relief that will help Massachusetts businesses put people back to work. Right now, this is a tax-cutting bill. But if it comes back to the Senate full of pork, waste, fraud and abuse, I reserve the right to vote against it."

The bill passed the Senate Wednesday with a vote of 70-28. Brown was one of 13 Republicans who voted in favor of the measure.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. annie s

    A perfect Republican response...I as for it until I was against it. Yawn.

    February 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Avram Baskin

    "But if it comes back to the Senate full of pork, waste, and abuse, I reserve the right to vote against it."

    I assume he means ANY pork, waste, and abuse, not just from the Democrats. Because as everyone knows, the Republicans set a new standard for pork, waste, and abuse while they were running the show .

    February 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Bonnie

    Finally a man that puts the people above politics.His Republican friends could take a lesson. they are all acting like a bunch of children that all need to be punished and none of them should be re-elected.

    February 24, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Peejay

    Heckuva job, Brownie! And I mean that in all sincerity – someone had to stand up and put an end to endless, pointless filibustering.

    February 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. gt

    we need more browns ...less reids and sessions...

    February 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. carol

    Scotty, Scotty, Scotty! What have you done? Going against the party is not on you know! You will no longer been seen as a Republican you have broken the oath. Good for him though. Shows he has some guts and is not a rubber stamp for the GOP. Watch out for the back lash though, it's coming!!! Keep your head down Scott.

    February 24, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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