U. S. Senator Scott Brown was one of five Republicans to break ranks and side with Democrats on a $15 billion jobs measure that passed the Senate today 62-30. The goal of the bill is jobs creation. In fact, Brown was the first Republican to join support of the bill, and then he was followed by Christopher Bond of Missouri, Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe,and Ohio Senator George Voinovich.
This bill frees companies hiring unemployed workers from having to pay payroll taxes on them through the end of this year. The bill also provides a $1000 credit if the employee stays for a year. Optimists project that tens of thousands of new jobs will result.
The New York Times quotes Brown as saying he will also push for an across-the-board cut in payroll taxes.
In his run for office, Brown had promised to be independent-minded , put principle above politics and do what’s right for the people of Massachusetts and the nation. To those who thought this was merely campaign rhetoric, this is a hopeful sign.
Can Washington really turn its back on reflexive partisanship, especially in an election year? Polls show strong support for that happening. But is Congress listening?
This Senate vote on the jobs legislation may just be a step on the road to common sense. Thumbs up to Scott Brown for exercising leadership.
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