Five GOP Senators, Including Scott Brown Vote With Dems on Jobs Bill

February 23, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Freshman Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) cast himself as an independent everyman yesterday, after House Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that Brown would break ranks with his party to vote to end the GOP filibuster and allow the jobs bill to come to the floor for a vote. Four other members of the Republican caucus joined Brown, allowing the chamber to proceed with an up-or-down vote: Kit Bond (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Olympia Snowe (ME), and George Voinovich (OH). Before the vote, Reid called on Republicans to show that they’re “serious about legislating.” After the vote, Reid optimistically declared, “I hope this is the beginning of a new day in the Senate.”

The final procedural vote was 62-to-30, with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NB) joining Republicans to stop an up-or-down vote on a jobs bill, during a time when our country faces a double digit unemployment rate. Let’s be clear; this vote is something of a breakthrough, considering the dysfunctional state of the current Senate, in which the minority Republican Party filibusters everything, bringing the chamber to a standstill. But at the same time, the fact that only five Republicans agreed to end a filibuster of a scaled back jobs bill filled with tax cuts, which they all support, during a deep recession, shows that the Senate is still broken by Republican obstructionism.

As noted by Steve Benen of The Political Animal, “It’s either a rare and encouraging breakthrough, or a relief that comes from the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

After Brown voted to end the filibuster of the jobs bill, the teapartiers on Twitter and right-wing blogs went wild with condemnation, calling Brown a traitor and a RINO. These tea party people, who are noted for voting against their own self interests, apparently want the “freedom” to be unemployed and the “guvmint” off their backs, so they can homeschool their kids in the woods without roads and other services. It’s quite a movement.

The jobs bill comes to a floor for a vote on Wednesday when it’s expected to easily pass with a majority vote from the Democratic caucus. The same Republicans who voted to end the filibuster, may very well vote against the same bill. And that’s fine; as long as legislative measures are allowed an up-or-down vote. That’s Democracy.


9 Responses to “Five GOP Senators, Including Scott Brown Vote With Dems on Jobs Bill”

  1. steve on February 23rd, 2010 10:53 am

    Stop the spin… they voted to end discussion… Big difference from voting for the bill…

  2. smc on February 23rd, 2010 11:16 am

    STOP SPENDING. There is NO MONEY. The government can’t run anything, can’t fix anything — they can spend — that’s ALL they do. STOP SPENDING.

  3. Jeremy goans on February 23rd, 2010 11:31 am

    Maybe the
    most uninformed articlethat I’ve ever read In my adult
    life. The tea party opposes the FEDERAL govmits authority to tax citizens outside of the clearly defined enumerated powers. We have no problem with paying taxes in our states for….our state. If u want a jobs bill, free day care, abortion,gay marriage, student loans, and health care then put it on the ballot in said state and vote for it! That’s the nature of our rebublic….not democracy Aka tyranny of the
    majority. We are conservatives because we are trying to conserve out “little r” form of rebublican govmit that is clearly defined in the constitution. We are NOT trying to conserve the legacy of FDR, woodrow Wilson, The welfare state or the warfare state

  4. charles on February 23rd, 2010 12:10 pm

    Your article in Intentionally misleading. Tea Party supporters are not wanting to reverted to the stone age you jack ass; the simply want OUR government to to stop spending money we DON”T have! Period. It’s not a jobs bill, it’s another Stimulus bill with a different name because over 80% of Americans do not believe the stimulus bill worked or will work.

  5. Ryan on February 23rd, 2010 12:34 pm

    In my own experience, humans are self-serving. The author of this blog, is serving her own self interest. All politicians are and should be self-serving. They would not become elected if this was not the case. I say follow the money.

    Why would Sen. Brown vote for a Jobs Bill, which would divert tax revenue from his state, which is faring 3rd best in this recession? Is he stupid… maybe. But does he have smart people working for him, telling him what to say and do? Yes.

    Why would a simple blogger write an op-ed piece based on small facts that could be written simply as, “Some Republicans vote to move the Jobs Bill to a Floor Vote”? Money. It came up on Google in the top results for news: ad dollars. The quality of the popup ads and banners should point out to the readers the quality of the article based therein.

    And besides, this is a blog. The U.S. involvement in first world war was preempted by Yellow Journalism. What will inflammitory blogging be called by historians? I vote Brown Journalism. The color of the subject matter reflects its stench.

  6. Joe Democrat on February 23rd, 2010 12:35 pm

    Who the hell are you to assume what the self-interests of other people are? Are you psychic, or just another fool parroting liberal falsehoods? My guess is that you are a follower who believes in “spend to the end”. By the way, I’m a Democrat who believes that the democratic party could give a rat’s ass about working people, or about a strong America. The party of FDR is gone, and Obama and his sycophants are the culprits. There’s a total lack of fiscal responsibility in this country, and the Democrats are the biggest offenders. You all s@ck!

  7. Brother Unknown on February 23rd, 2010 3:46 pm

    What say we cut back on the armed services which consume 90% of our budget and our taxes?

    We’ll do it gradually; first, we’ll transfer one of our fleets to the Coast Guard to block the flow of inbound drugs and weapons. We’ll take the medics from a Marine Division and put them in the VA hospitals. We’ll put the balance of the Division at work repairing roads thus providing training the troops can use in civilian life. We’ll eliminate 2/3rd of the Pentagon staff–they spend their time lobbying for more money anyway.

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