Senator Brown is opposed to allowing tax cuts for the wealthy to expire

By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff

Senator Scott Brown remains opposed to President Obama’s plan to allow tax cuts for the wealthy to expire while extending those for middle-income filers, even though the Republican leader in the House signaled yesterday that he is open to compromise.

House minority leader Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio said that if he had no other choice he would back Obama’s plan, paving the way for the measure to pass the House and placing the focus squarely on the Senate, where Brown could once again be called on to cast the crucial swing vote.

A spokeswoman for Brown declined to comment on whether he would be willing to compromise but said his stance has not changed since last week.

Tax increases will kill jobs and hurt the chances for an economic recovery,”  spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said.

That stance puts him firmly in the camp of Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who told the Associated Press today that all 41 Republicans are opposed to Obama’s plan but declined to say if they planned to filibuster. McConnell has said he won’t pass it until cuts for the wealthy are also included.

The cuts, passed in 2001 and 2003, are set to expire at the end of this year unless Congress takes action.

Obama wants to eliminate the cuts for wealthier taxpayers — individuals making more than $200,000 per year and families with income totaling more than $250,000.

If the sides cannot reach agreement and all the cuts are allowed to expire, families in Massachusetts whose total income is between $66,000 and $97,000 would see an average increase in their tax bill of $1,831.

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When Scott Brown Tweets, Almost 25,000 People Listen

When Senator Scott Brown wrote an Op-Ed for the Wall St. Journal regarding Iran’s nuclear program last week, he promoted it on his popular Twitter account.

That Brown tweets is no surprise. In fact, Brown is one of the top tweeters in D.C. Brown’s the fifth-ranked Congressional Twitterer with 24,833 followers.

The Globe says 62% of lawmakers use Twitter, most are Republicans.

Brown follows his own path in DC

Who was praising President Barack Obama last week for his handling of the drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq?

It was Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown commenting on the end of U.S. combat operations.

I think the president has done a good job on that,”

said Brown, who has also backed Obama’s surge in Afghanistan. However, they part ways on the president setting a timetable to consider withdrawal from Afghanistan next summer.

Brown, who has visited the war zones, said Massachusetts soldiers were successful in Iraq. “I’m very proud of our soldiers from Massachusetts,” he said.

Meanwhile, those wondering how much an impact Brown will have on the elections here in Massachusetts got an answer last week when “the people’s” senator returned to the state and stepped into campaign mode.

What Brown had to say could give a boost to Republican Charlie Baker’s campaign as well as Republican challengers hoping to win congressional seats …Continue

Scott Brown stumps for Mark Kirk in Illinois

I try to look at people I could go out and have a beer with after and talk about how to get the country working again … people of similar interests,” Brown said. “There are a group of about 20 of us who are fiscal conservatives and social moderates, on both sides of the aisle — Democrats and Republicans. We’re making a nice little bond so we can make some changes next session.”

Kirk often tells Republicans in Illinois, “Don’t let Massachusetts have all the fun.” Brown’s surprise election to what Democrats called “Ted Kennedy’s seat” emboldened Illinois Republicans that they can take back what Democrats here call “Barack Obama’s senate seat.”

Senator Brown travels to Israel, Jordan

Senator Brown travels to Israel, Jordan

By Matt Viser, Globe Staff   — WASHINGTON – Senator Scott Brown is traveling to the Middle East, embarking on his second trip abroad since being elected seven months ago.

The Massachusetts Republican is going to Israel and Jordan, according to his spokeswoman, and “will be exploring areas where our countries can further collaborate on homeland security issues.” Brown will be meeting with Jordanian and Israeli defense and foreign military leaders, as well as government officials.

The spokeswoman, Gail Gitcho, would not say whether Brown would travel to the West Bank or and Palestinian areas, citing security concerns.

Brown, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, is traveling with committee staff but he is the only senator on the trip, according to Gitcho.

Brown went to Afghanistan and Pakistan shortly after his election, and in June announced in a speech that he also wanted to travel to Israel. In that speech, he also launched into a strong defense of Israel, which at the time was under widespread criticism for raiding one of six ships that were bound for Gaza, filled with supplies, and attempting to break an Israeli blockade. Nine were killed after Israel commandos stormed aboard.  Continue…

Sen. Scott Brown to address Nebraska Republicans

FREMONT, Neb. — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown will be the featured speaker at the Nebraska GOP state convention in Fremont.

Brown is scheduled to speak Saturday afternoon to state Republicans.

Financial Bill Update:

“It includes safeguards to help prevent another financial meltdown, ensures that consumers are protected, and it is paid for without new taxes,’’ Brown said, adding, “further reforms are still needed to address the government’s role in the financial crisis.