I’m personally ok with Scott Brown deciding the pared-down jobs bill would be a great first way to display his brand of bi-partisanship. But a lot of people that believed his election was going to put an end to the Democrats railroading bad legislation through Congress (and shoving it unceremoniously down our throats) might not share my munificence:
A modest job-creation bill advanced in the U.S. Senate on Monday as the chamber’s newest Republican bucked his party and sided with Democrats on a $15 billion package of tax cuts and highway spending.
Republican Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week.
Brown said the bill was not perfect but would help put people back to work.
“I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington,” he said in a statement.
The bill includes a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers, subsidies for state and local construction bonds and $19.5 billion to shore up a highway-construction fund.
Much of the cost is offset by a crackdown on offshore tax shelters.
Don’t let that “R” next to his name fool you gang-we may be finally rid of the Kennedys, but we’re certainly no closer to a “Conservative” Massachusetts because of it. He might yet come around to what conservative really means…but he ain’t there yet.