February 24th, 2010
03:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Praise, backlash after Brown's jobs vote

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, voted Wednesday for the Senate jobs bill.
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, voted Wednesday for the Senate jobs bill.

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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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Chris - Denver

    I praise him. I guess he's not the extremist nut-job party apparatchik that I thought he was. Now, if only he'd support health care reform....

    February 24, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Danny

    "We don't expect our members to be in lockstep on every single issue, and we're happy to have him here. I think it's made a huge, positive difference for us and for the whole legislative agenda."

    Really? When did that happen? Republicans have been so effective at getting legislation passed, overturned, or blocked, due to them voting the party line almost to a man (or woman). It would be a refreshing change if they started voting for what's best for ALL their constituents, not just the ones that donate the most to their campaigns.

    February 24, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Mark L.

    Being the Liberal and VERY Proud Democrat that I am, I NEVER Thought I would live to say this about a Republican, but, what the heck, here it goes – God Bless You, Senator Brown, for voting the will of the People !! Now I can only hope you will also see the light when you meet tomorrow with the rest of the crooked GOP, President Obama and the other key House & Senate Democrats, to VOTE IN FAVOR of passing some form of Universal HealthCare Reform Legislation for the will of ALL Americans !! G-d Bless America, ALWAYS !!

    February 24, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. PL, VA

    Stay independent brother. Don't become "Palentologist" (science of ignorance). You know who you represent, people from Massachussetts not from Mississipi, Kansas or Texas!

    February 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. rob

    He's to be commended! He put people before politics. He's a true patriot and leader.The Republicans who voted against jobs should be ashamed of themselves!!!

    February 24, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Publico

    Can you imagine that – a Republican who thinks for himself and votes for what he thinks i best for his constituents and not what is best for his party. What can we expect next, an entire Congress that acts in the best interests of America?

    February 24, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    You have stepped in it now "bare" Brown.

    Don't you know that tea baggers are NOT independents?

    87% would rather be Red or dead!

    They were not interested in a free-thinker that puts actually puts his state and the country "first".

    They were just interested in having white pinup boy to goose step to the con tune and voting NO at every juncture, to assure that President Obama "fails".

    Next they will be saying you are just another "baby-killing libtard" or worse yet, a RINO.

    February 24, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    I take back most of what I have said about Brown (he did pose nude).
    I am glad to see that somebody in the NO party has the guts to vote for what's right and not just what his party wants.

    February 24, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Tracy

    Ben Nelson was just mad that he didn't get a better offer for his support.

    February 24, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Donnatella

    As a independent I give Scott Brown credit for using his own mind and voting for what he thinks may help the people in this country, not just following the party of no into the sunset, because that is where they are headed. If any Tea Party republican thinks for one minute he is going to get any independent voters to cross over he better think again, we are not impressed.

    February 24, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. debo2

    I was so angry about Scott Brown voting for this Job Bill, (Stimulas) I took my bumper sticker off my car. Later yesterday afternoon, He took time to explain himself on his vote. (on a local radio talk show) He said although it wasn't perfect, it would be good for mass, he voted for this bill to go before the senate for a full senate vote. If any pork was to be added, He would vote against it. Billions of stimulas dollars have not been spent yet. Originally this bill was 80 billion, reduced to 15 billion. Maybe some of this stimulas money will finally be spent to help the American people get some tax relief and produce some real jobs.

    February 24, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. WIL

    The real story should be why did Sen. Nelson vote no as a Dem. i want to know is he voting no because the President took out his sweet heart deal

    February 24, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. joe smith

    game on as they say; for months, we wailed why no one was willing to look at Freddie Mac, and it's potential meltdown.now finally the doors are opening to the fact that the system is about to implode..now we know why Mr. Kellermans' necktie got too tight..

    February 24, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Jerry

    Just another lawyer , lets all stop voting for lawyers because they only care about you know who period

    February 24, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. John from MA

    If Brown wants to stay in his seat, you'll see more votes like this.

    February 24, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Lisa P

    "...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..."

    And you can bet which master ol' Scott will be serving when the important votes come around. Hint: it won't be the American people or the people of Massachusetts.

    February 24, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Texas Doc

    You're doing a heckuva good job Brownie. You know who you serve, your constituents.

    February 24, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. ran

    It is time to get ride of Nelson good people of NE along with the other blue dogs, Lieberman, and the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans and replace them with either a true Democrat or Independent or if you must a Republican but only one who is there to do for the people not their party.

    February 24, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. malia

    Far from BACKLASH, CNN!

    February 24, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah warned in January that the use of reconciliation by the Democrats could lead to "outright war" between the two parties."

    Huh. And they're not already? How ridiculous can you get?

    Step 1: "We want bipartisanship from the leftist socialist communist marxist extremist reincarnation of Hitler!!!"

    Step 2: "The guy we called the socialist communist marxist extremist reincarnation of Hitler won't talk to us. HE is being so partisan!!!"

    Step 3: "Check out the splinter organization we created to spew all our hate for us so we can look like our hands are clean!!!"

    Step 4: "Hey, what the heck...only WE are allowed to use reconciliation to push through legislation that you might filibuster. You're supposed to do nothign for 4 years so we can simultaneously claim we stopped your horrible agenda and that you were a do-nothing POTUS/Congress who is the reason everything got worse. So, if you use it and actually get something done, it means "War"."

    Step 5: America profits?

    February 24, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Dean

    Scott ,Boss limbaugh would like to have a word with you behind the wood shed

    February 24, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. bdm

    brown senses that the american people are fed up with the inertia in our government. to vote no for something simply because it was a republican or democrat's idea is sophomoric at best and these guys are going to find themselves needing to go out and find a real job come election time if they don't get their act together. bravo, mr. brown.

    February 24, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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