I’ve done my due diligence, and I’m going to be … ultimately supporting the START treaty. I believe it’s something that’s important for our country, and I believe that it’s a good move forward to deal with our national security issues.”
Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said Thursday that he will support a stand along bill aimed at repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
The Massachusetts Republican says he plans on supporting the stand alone bill, which passed the House on Wednesday.
Mr. Brown’s spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a statement Thursday that Brown accepts the Pentagon’s recommendation to repeal the policy.
The Massachusetts Republican voice support for repeal last week, before voting against it. Repeal was part of larger defense authorization bill.
Mr. Brown is the latest Republican to voice support for the measure. Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins have also voiced support for repeal.
All three previously voiced support of the measure last week, before voting against it. The final vote on the measure was 57 to 40. Democrats need 60 votes in order to overcome the threat of filibuster.
WASHINGTON — Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) on Tuesday defended his efforts to tinker with health care reform alongside Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass), calling it the one true bipartisan effort to alter President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
The Oregon Democrat, speaking at an event sponsored by the conservative American Action Forum, repeated his past defense that a provision allowing states to essential opt out of the law (provided that they meet minimum standards) is smart, unobjectionable policy.
“This is the only major bipartisan effort in the United States Senate since the health bill was signed. There is no other, with respect to next steps on health reform, except this,” said Wyden. “We are going to get hit, there is no question, by folks on the ideological extremes of American politics.”
But, he added, “this is the ultimate in a reformer opportunity.”
Under the Wyden-Brown provision, states would be able to be granted a waiver from the national health care law as early as 2014 provided that they can insure minimum standards of coverage. Under the original law, that date was 2017. Continue…
By Associated Press
BOSTON – Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown tried today to stoke the anti-establishment spirit that propelled him to an upset U.S. Senate victory in January.
Wearing his trademark barn coat, Brown returned to blue-collar South Boston to stump for state treasurer candidate Karyn Polito. “Southie” proved to be a bellwether in his campaign against Democrat Martha Coakley to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in a historically Democratic state.
Brown also has been traveling coast to coast, campaigning for Republicans from Carly Fiorina in California to Marco Rubio in Florida before Tuesday’s midterm elections. The GOP is hoping to not only recapture control of the House, but possibly the Senate and take over several governor’s offices.
“There was a tremendous amount of energy in my race, and I’m noticing that in races where I’m campaigning across the country,” Brown said during an interview. “People are still angry, still hurting, and this remains one of the worst business climates in decades.”
Many Massachusetts businesses that are hiring are only doing so to replace critical personnel, he said. Others that aren’t expanding are actively comparing business costs in other states.
Brown’s victory in January gave Republicans a pivotal 40th vote to sustain filibusters and help shape President Barack Obama’s agenda ever since. He says he now hopes to no longer be such a decisive vote — which would happen if Republicans expand their Senate margin next week.
“People are finding they can get involved and make a difference, not only in their cities and towns, but all the way to the U.S. senator’s position,” he said.
Brown, a triathlete, wolfed down Eggs Benedict at Mul’s Diner after shaking hands with residents in one of the city’s most conservative neighborhoods.
“I’m one of those union members who votes Republican,” Dan Anton of Weymouth, a 50-year-old worker for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, told the senator as he left the diner.
BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is demanding an official probe into the shooting death of a college student from Massachusetts who was shot and killed by police in New York during the weekend.
Danroy “D.J.” Henry, 20, of Easton, Mass., was shot by police who were called to the scene of a bar fight at a Westchester County strip mall in Thornwood, N.Y. Witnesses at the scene and in Henry’s car said they were not part of the brawl. They said Henry was trying to comply with a police order to move his car out of a fire lane when officers shot him.
Brown said on WEEI-AM’s Dennis and Callahan show that Henry was the “designated driver” and was at the Thornwood bar to pick up his friends.
He swung around to pick up some people. Apparently, he had the big stereo system with the woofers, and he was parked in the fire lane. When the officer apparently knocked on his window, he took off, thinking that they wanted him to move, apparently,” Brown said.
The senator said Henry was a “good kid” with no record. Continue…
MILFORD, Conn.—Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is making a stop in Connecticut to try to help fellow Republican Linda McMahon do what he did last January: win a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrats for decades.
Brown is scheduled to stump for McMahon Saturday afternoon at a rally at Milford City Hall.
McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, is locked in a tight race with Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Chris Dodd.
Brown will also be rallying support for Republican Tom Foley in Connecticut’s governor’s race Saturday morning in Glastonbury.