Senate Dems. win on jobs bill, beating back filibuster with five GOP votes including Scott Brown

The Senate just took a vote to end the GOP filibuster of Senator Reid’s jobs bill. There are “only” 59 Democratic Senators now. And, although Senator Lautenberg is absent because of his stomach cancer and Ben Nelson voted for the filibuster, the Democrats prevailed by a vote of 62 – 30. Kit Bond (MO), Susan Collins (ME), George Voinovich (OH) and Olympia Snowe (ME) voted with the Democrats. But the “big” news is that the new darling/savior of the GOP from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, just voted with Democrats. He announced his decision a short time ago, according to the Washington Post:

Democrats have sought to pressure Brown into backing the measure, pointing out that he captured the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D) seat by promising to be an independent voice. With Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) absent following his cancer diagnosis, Democrats need at least two Republican votes to reach the 60 necessary to move to final passage later this week, and so far no other GOP senator has announced plans to support the measure.

“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,” Brown said in a statement issued by his office. “This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I will vote for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.

Wait. Scott Brown put his constituents ahead of Mitch McConnell? He’s in big trouble now. Let’s see how quickly the teabaggers and other right-wingers turn on their new golden boy. They’re not too tolerant of compromise.

One last thing: Senator Ben Nelson voted with the Republicans. I guess no one promised him a Medicaid deal or $500,000 for campaign ads to get his vote.

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