Scott's Jobs Vote

Scott Brown was one of five Republicans who voted for the "jobs" bill last night - or, at least, voting to send it to the floor for a vote. The vote was 62-30. Why didn't more GOP members vote in favor?
I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I voted for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.
It's only a $15 billion tax credit for companies that hire new workers, a relatively benign bill in the scheme of things, and the political benefit of voting for it is enormous. The yes vote supports Scott's claim of being independent, he can't be accused of being a go-along guy, and has the credibility now to oppose subsequent pieces of the once comprehensive measure by saying we already had a jobs bill.
I was disappointed with the continuation of politics-as-usual in the drafting of this bill, as it was crafted behind closed doors, without transparency and accountability. I hope for improvements in that process going forward. All of us, Republicans and Democrats, have to work together to get our economy back on track. I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington.
Listen to Scott Brown on WRKO this morning.