One of the main lines of attack from our friends over at the Blue Blog on Scott Brown, is the supposed notion that he’s an ineffectual legislator. The narrative goes he’s a back bencher that can’t get anything done. Which, by the way, doesn’t jive with their other narrative, the one that says he watered down the financial reform bill.
The truth is all together different, and the past week showed us why. Yesterday, the president signed into law a Job’s bill which at it’s core contained two key provisions that Scott Brown has been pushing and authored. The first is an elimination of the 3% contractor witholding tax, and a tax credit to hire returning veterans. Both of these initiatives passed, and Brown was at the signing yesterday.
The Lowell Sun editorial page takes particular note of this.
Businesses dodged another burdensome tax and returning war veterans received a job boost this past week, courtesy of a U.S. Congress that put ideology aside and showed common sense.
The champion behind the effort was Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who was the lone Republican to co-author the Hire a Hero Act and advocate for the repeal of a 3 percent withholding tax on contracts that would have ended up hurting both businesses and consumers.
“Do you really know Scott Brown?” asks a Democratic campaign attack ad now playing on local TV stations. Our reply is “Yes, we do.” Brown is an independent lawmaker fighting for the little guy. His advocacy for these important pieces of legislation will pay dividends for all Americans.
The veterans jobs amendment, which passed the House 422-0, incorporates most of the elements of Brown’ s Hire a Hero Act, which he introduced in January as part of his Bay State Jobs Agenda. It gives businesses a tax credit of up to $9,500 for hiring a returning and/or disabled veteran.
The rest of the editorial is well worth a read. The people of Massachusetts aren’t going to be fooled by a negative onslaught. They know who Scott Brown is, as was evident this week. A person who wakes up every day, and asks how he can help his constituents.