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Brown, 4 other Republicans support Obama's jobs bill

Vote to end filibuster garners criticism from conservatives

Sen. Scott Brown was one of five Republican Senators who broke ranks and kept alive President Obama's $15 billion jobs bill Monday.

Many said Brown's upset win in the Massachusetts special election in January would offer Republicans the chance to halt Democratic legislation.

Instead, he joined Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri to end the filibuster after it became evident that Democrats would prevail, said the New York Times.

The 62-30 vote all but assured the measure, which Democrats said would create tens of thousands of jobs, would pass the Senate. But the House, which wants a bigger deal, could still make changes.

Brown explained his vote.

"This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I am voting for it because it contains measures that will help put people back . . . to work."

He then felt the wrath of some posters on his Facebook page, some of whom said they felt betrayed by the man many said would offer Republicans the chance to halt Democratic legislation.

Brian Barcaro posted: "Hope you enjoy your time as a Senator because the conservatives in Mass will kick you out in the next primary! This vote was an EPIC FAIL and a betrayal of the values you said you support."

And this from Mya Rose: "Why do we need to spend an additional $15 Billion? Why wasn't money taken from the stimulus bill passed last year for nearly $800 B? Why didn't Brown suggest using the money they already have on hand. I'm very disappointed in his decision!"

But by Tuesday morning more than 1,600 "Liked" his statement and some offered positive feedback.

"Your non-partisanship is more than I could have hoped for from you. Keep it up. You work for the people, not your party!" Luke Mazza said.

The Washington Post reports:

"The bill's centerpiece is a $13 billion program allowing companies to avoid paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of 2010 on new hires who have been unemployed for at least 60 days. Employers would also receive a $1,000 tax credit for each new worker who stays on the job for at least a year. Democrats tout the plan as a simple way to create tens of thousands of new jobs, though some experts dismiss it as too narrow to make a significant dent in the nation's unemployment rate.

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Feb 24, 2010, 8:29 am
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Poor Cosmo - it looks like he actually thinks he has a chance to be re-elected. The Tea Partiers are going to be very disappointed by their centerfold.

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