This is why I think it was foolish for people to make a big deal out of Brown's victory in Massachusetts. A republican in that part of the US is not the same as a republican in many other parts of the US.
Scott Brown Votes with Democrats (Again) on Cloture - The Note
ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports: Scott Brown is proving to be an elusive vote on matters of cloture. During his month in the senate, Brown is just about evenly split, siding half the time with Democrats and half the time with Republicans.
For a man ushered into the Senate as someone Republicans should “exalt in” and signaling the death knell of Democrats’ super-majority, Brown has shown himself to be no fan of Senate Republicans’ slow-everything-to-a-snail’s-pace strategy.
In two cases now Brown joined several other Republican moderates to buck his party and help Democrats narrowly defeat filibuster.
The most recent occurred Tuesday afternoon – a cloture vote on Democrats’ most recent jobs bill, which has a year-long extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits as well as extending popular tax credits for a host of issues. Cloture was invoked 66-34.
The problem is that the bill adds $100 billion to the federal deficit. And Brown said today he doesn’t support it.
Brown sounded downright Senatorial explaining his vote on the Senate floor, explaining that while he opposes the bill in its current form, it has been debated for a week and he feels like it is time to “move the process forward.”
“I wanted to make it very clear that I will be voting for cloture. But that, in fact, does not mean I support the actual bill when it comes to a vote,” said Brown in a quick speech on the Senate floor, his second. “As I said when I first came here, I believe in process and I believe that we should have an opportunity after full and fair debate to move bills forward and hopefully send back a product that we can all live with,” he said.
Brown’s other cloture votes - one of the times was for a non-controversial judicial nominee for whom Republicans still insisted on a cloture vote.