Scott Brown claims to believe that Jobs are issue #1.
The big jobs bill comes to floor of the U.S. Senate. 50 U.S. Senators vote yes, and 48 U.S. Senators vote no (in addition to Senate Majority Leader Reid who had to vote Nay for procedural reasons). So, of course, it fails – despite getting 50 Yea votes – because the obstructionist Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate, fully supported by Scott Brown, filibusters everything that moves.
Scott Brown voted No on the Jobs bill and gave a pretty lame excuse why:
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has voted against President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill, saying lawmakers should instead be crafting a bipartisan measure.
A “bipartisan” measure? A “bipartisan” measure?!?!
The Jobs bill was as bipartisan as legislation got. What were some of its provisions? Let’s ask President Obama:
I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act. There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans — including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.
It will provide — it will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business.
Pass this jobs bill — pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or if they raise workers’ wages. Pass this jobs bill, and all small business owners will also see their payroll taxes cut in half next year.
It’s not just Democrats who have supported this kind of proposal. Fifty House Republicans have proposed the same payroll tax cut that’s in this plan.
No more earmarks. No more boondoggles. No more bridges to nowhere. We’re cutting the red tape that prevents some of these projects from getting started as quickly as possible. And we’ll set up an independent fund to attract private dollars and issue loans based on two criteria: how badly a construction project is needed and how much good it will do for the economy.
This idea came from a bill written by a Texas Republican and a Massachusetts Democrat. The idea for a big boost in construction is supported by America’s largest business organization and America’s largest labor organization. It’s the kind of proposal that’s been supported in the past by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get extra tax credits if they hire America’s veterans.
Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get a $4,000 tax credit if they hire anyone who has spent more than six months looking for a job. (Applause.) We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work. This jobs plan builds on a program in Georgia that several Republican leaders have highlighted, where people who collect unemployment insurance participate in temporary work as a way to build their skills while they look for a permanent job.
Pass this jobs bill, and the typical working family will get a $1,500 tax cut next year. Fifteen hundred dollars that would have been taken out of your pocket will go into your pocket. This expands on the tax cut that Democrats and Republicans already passed for this year. If we allow that tax cut to expire — if we refuse to act — middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time. We can’t let that happen. I know that some of you have sworn oaths to never raise any taxes on anyone for as long as you live. Now is not the time to carve out an exception and raise middle-class taxes, which is why you should pass this bill right away.
Tax breaks. Cut payroll taxes. Tax cuts for hiring new workers. Tax cuts for hiring veterans. 50 House Republicans proposed part of the bill. A Texas Republican proposed another part. Georgia Republicans led on another part. No earmarks. Cutting red tape. Attracting private dollars. Expanding existing tax cuts.
That’s what was in this bill; and, it was all paid for.
That’s what Scott Brown just voted AGAINST.
Because it wasn’t “bipartisan.”
That’s Scott Brown’s record now; and, he’ll be hearing about it for a while.