Scott Brown Sworn in as Senator, Says Obama’s Stimulus a Bust
February 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Scott Brown became an official U.S. Senator late in the day on Thursday, as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden. The little known Republican Massachusetts lawmaker, stunned Democrats when he won the special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. Brown, a former nude Cosmo model, has pledged to become the 41st Republican vote to kill health care reform. He was scheduled to be sworn in on Feb. 11, but was urged by Republicans this week to ask Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to speed up certification of the election results, so that Brown could be seated earlier to add his vote to the Republican caucus, to filibuster upcoming legislation and block confirmation of President Obama’s nominees. Brown’s win reduced the Democratic majority to just 59 members, depriving the caucus of a 60-vote super majority to overcome repeated obstructionism and filibustering by Republicans.
During Brown’s first news conference as a standing U.S. Senator, he attacked President Obama’s stimulus package as a failed measure, declaring that no new jobs were created. “The last stimulus bill didn’t create one new job,” Brown said in response to a question about a pending jobs bill. He acknowledged that the stimulus may have saved some jobs.
However, a bipartisan group of economists would soundly disagree with Brown’s claim that the stimulus didn’t create a single job. Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) oppose the jobs bill proposed by the Democratic majority. And it appears that Sen. Brown intends to also be the 41st vote to kill a jobs bill for Americans.