February 24th, 2010
03:54 PM ET
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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. Ellie

    Republicans are KNOWN for back-stabbing their own while smiling in their faces.

    Welcome to Washington Mr. Brown. I hope you have a bullet proof vest. You're going to need it to PROTECT yourself from your own GOP Party!!

    February 24, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. difford zucher

    Fresh mind can do better things like what we got from Scott Brown,He minds about Americans not his No-Party Republican.

    February 24, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Tony in Maine

    I must admit I was surprised. I'd seen Brown as a lightweight who would bend to pressure from McConnell. Time will tell.

    Our Maine moderates never fail to amaze me. At times Susan Collins is joined at the hip to the powers-that be whether Dubya a few years ago or Chinless Mitch today. Snowe has the ability to raise my hopes and then smash them on the rocks.

    The other two Republican votes are from men with no need to protect teir backsides.

    February 24, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Joe

    I hope he will continue to think for himself and not get brow beaten into toeing the GOP party line (whatever that is these days). The last thing we need is this dysfunctional congress is another zombie walking in lock step with the right wing crazies. Some nice solid moderate rational consideration of the issues would be refreshing, regardless of which side of the aisle it comes from.

    February 24, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. CM

    Congratulations to Senator Scott Brown, for turning from the ways of the 'Party of No', for being independent enough to make a considered decision that's good for the people!

    February 24, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Laurie

    Good for Senator Brown. I am a Democrat, but I truly respect someone who may be a true statesman. Thanks.

    February 24, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. KLS

    Thank you Senator Brown for putting Americans before the GOP's ideology. Why can't more senators in Congress (from both sides of the aisle) work with each other instead of acting like school yard bullies!!!

    February 24, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. D.D.

    Welcome to national politics. Sertainly you have man-uped rather than a Republican puppet. Thank you- maybe you can befriend the man in LA who is losing funds.

    February 24, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Careful Brownie, the rats eat their own.

    February 24, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Center left-out

    You just made the "Tea Party" list, Mr. Brown!

    February 24, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. bennie new york

    This really isn't a big deal. It's not like he voted for gay marraige for illegal immigrants.

    February 24, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Regis from Florida

    I guess he must be a socialist or some kind of communist too. How Brown dares not to follow the party of NO !!! As a matter of fact look at his name; it’s almost sound like black!!! Can we see his birth certificate too.

    February 24, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. qyeteye

    So what’s the problem? Fixing the nations paralysis by doing a job as elected to do. Or should he add to the death-grip grid-lock of 290 bills sitting in the senate by being as an obstructionist ideologue preventing a nation of 300 million from having a government responsive to their needs, not just corporate benefactors. Oh – that’s right, the free market will take care of it, just like it always has – NOT.

    February 24, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Rob Selby

    Of course, most Republicans are going to revolt when sanity shows up in their party.

    February 24, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Enough is Enough

    The far right should learn the lesson that future of the republician party is in the middle.

    February 24, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. ac

    it's annoying that the GOP is attacking Brown as though every member of the party has to be in lockstep with their group think. Brown voted for his constituents in a way that made common sense. How about that?

    February 24, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Exactly why are Americans so afraid of representative democracy? Why is it a sin to vote for what's best for your constituents? It is what all congressmen/women should do! We elected them to serve us, to represent us, regardless of what their national party tries to bully them into!

    February 24, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Truth Teller

    I guess the gloating is over.

    February 24, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Republicans- you don't own Sen. Brown! You personally did not hire him for a job- the people of Mass. did!
    He voted for what he thought best represented what his state needed.
    Thank you Sen. Brown for being your own man. Keep it up!
    Maybe you ARE the future of Congress.

    February 24, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Capt. Snarky

    I think Brown did the right thing. As he said, the deal wasn't the best, but if it helps put people to work......

    Now if only the President would focus on Jobs, we might be in better shape................

    February 24, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    I thought you republicans were so happy you got this guy in as a senator, and now if he dont vote no like you you want to throw him out.

    February 24, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Papasan in AZ

    The Government ( GOP & DEM ) will never bail out Main Street USA or create Universal Health Care. Here is the good part, we can start believing in ourselves, move forward with our lives, and tell Washington to drop dead, they need us more than we need them. There is a lot of power in relinquishing Washington's control over our lives and future.

    The Great Depression was the same way, Americans finally gave up on \" Help is on the way \" and created their own help called \" Self Reliance \". That's how Mom, Dad, Grand Pa and Grand Ma did it, and that's how we have to do it. Lets stop the whining and crying, get out there and make it happen, we are Americans, we can do anything!

    Good Bye, Good Luck, and don't forget to write!

    Papasan in AZ

    February 24, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Anything to help with jobs, should be job #1 for Congress. Brown is to be commended for doing what needed to be done.

    We need more centrist GOP members in Congress.

    February 24, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. geecee

    Uh, oh – look out Scott Brown. They're gonna go after you! You better tow the party line and get in lock step (or goose-step) with the GOP or else they'll swiftboat you, waterboard you, or whatever it takes to get rid of you next election and replace you with a real teabagger – not a pretend one like you!! You are now a TINO (Teabagger In Name Only)!

    February 24, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Brown is a senator for Massachusetts not for the Republicans party! I commend him for his courage to step up and do the right thing!

    February 24, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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