Washington (CNN) - Sen. Scott Brown's vote Wednesday for the Democratic-backed $15 billion jobs bill is a sign that he's showcasing a campaign pledge to bring an independent mind to Washington, a Senate analyst said.
"I think this shows independence," said Brian Darling, director of Senate relations for the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. "A $15 billion jobs bill is an important vote, but it's not going to be one of the more important votes that they are going to have this year."
Brown, who received widespread support from conservatives and Republicans, was also able to win over independent voters and Democrats in the solidly blue state.
The Senate voted 70-28 to approve the bill, which would give businesses tax breaks for hiring the unemployed and states more money for infrastructure projects, among other things.
Brown joined 12 other Republicans in crossing the aisle to support the bill. One Democrat - Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska - bucked his party and voted against it. It now moves to the House, which may take it up as soon as Friday, a House Democratic aide said.
Throughout his campaign to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in the Senate, Brown indicated that he was an independent thinker whose main task was to represent the people of Massachusetts - and not get involved in congressional politics.
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