Five Things You Didn't Hear Scott Brown Say This Week

Scott Brown stopped by nearby Randolph Tuesday for what he billed as a "major policy speech" on taxes. It turned out to be anything but that. Here are five facts about Brown's real record on taxes.

At a noon press conference in Randolph on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Scott Brown delivered what his office claimed would be a “major policy speech” on taxes. Few were surprised when Brown’s remarks turned out to be nothing more than a delivery of the usual tax talking points from his Republican colleagues in Washington. Yet Brown failed to mention a few key points – i.e. the truth – about his own voting record on taxes. Here are five true statements we didn’t hear from the junior senator today:


1. “I voted to give tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas.”

Scott Brown voted to filibuster the Creating American Jobs & Ending Offshoring Act, a bill would have ended tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs or build plants and offices offshore to replace American facilities. The vote came as thousands of American workers face impending layoffs while training their replacements from China, India, and elsewhere. (US Senate roll call vote #242, 9/28/10)


2. “I gave $24 billion of your tax dollars to Big Oil.”

In the face of drastic budget cuts, Scott Brown voted three times to give more than $24 billion in taxpayer funds to the oil industry over the next decade. The top five Big Oil companies – BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell – are amongst the most profitable corporations in the world, posting $137 billion in profits in 2011 alone. (US Senate roll call votes #187 6/15/10; #72, 5/17/11; #63, 3/29/12)


3. “I’d really like to take more money out of your paycheck.”

Scott Brown voted to filibuster legislation to extend the payroll tax cut for working families – holding low and middle income workers hostage to shield the wealthiest Americans from a small surtax on income over $1 million. In effect, Brown cast a deciding vote to raise taxes on 113 million working families. In Massachusetts, the surtax would have affected just 0.6% of taxpayers with an average income of more than $2 million. (US Senate roll call vote #219, 12/1/11)


4. “I support tax breaks for millionaires…just not middle class or low-income families.”

Three times in 2010 and again in 2012, Scott Brown voted to kill measures that would extend tax cuts for the middle class. Like his vote for payroll tax hikes, Brown used the same rationale to justify his votes to raise taxes on middle and low-income families: those making $250,000 to $1 million or more each year shouldn’t have to pay their fair share like the rest of his Massachusetts constituents. (US Senate roll call votes #258 & #259, 12/4/10; #275, 12/15/10; #184, 7/25/12)


5. “I filibustered tax credits and loans that help small businesses grow and create jobs.”

Despite his claims of supporting job creators, Scott Brown repeatedly filibustered and opposed major legislation that helps small businesses grown and create jobs. Brown twice voted to filibuster the Small Business Jobs & Credit Act – a bill that connected growing small businesses to credit through community banks and offered significant tax credits to small firms that create American jobs. When his filibuster failed, Brown voted again to kill the legislation. The Massachusetts Bankers Association stated that failure to act on the bill “would be a missed opportunity that our struggling economy cannot afford.” (US Senate roll call votes #218 & #221, 7/29/10; #237, 9/14/10)


Anyone who takes issue with Brown’s out-of-step voting record on taxes – or any other issue, for that matter – may contact his office at (617) 565-3170 or by emailing Brown here

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David Kent August 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
John, Brown is not independent on the economy. No, in that area he's party line all the way: Trickle Down Economics. In a situation in which the amount of wealth controlled by the top 2% has skyrocketed since Reagan, where we have the largest income gap since the late '20s and where middle class incomes have stagnated for 20 years the GOP wants to CUT TAXES ON THE WEALTHY. And guess who votes for that every single time? Supposedly independent Scott Brown. I agree, there are areas and there have been situations where Brown has been independent and where he's worked across the aisle. I applaud him for that. But this it not true in the area that is the dominant issue of the age: The economy. There Brown is straight party line AND he adheres to a disgraced approach: Trickle Down Economics. Do you really think that cutting taxes on the already incredibly well off wealthy is the correct policy for this country? Brown does.
Scott Gates October 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Finally we get some balanced comments for a change. Where are you getting these 5 listed facts? i found 5 sites all showing the same info! it's like the left finally has something concrete to complain about, and now they run with it like its the biggest news story of the week. flash: obama's WH lying about a terrorist attack for 2 weeks directly to the american people isn't bad enough? let's just focus on 5 of the 714 BILLS voted on by brown.. and let's call it a day. 5 bills is all we need to know right! see the list i put up in that link. many bills are against party lines! that means bipartisanship! something that has been ignored in congress for too long! (i'm looking at you reird, AND boehner.. yes I will criticize my own, unlike MOST democrats who are a 1 way street...) http://www.opencongress.org/people/voting_history/412384_Scott_Brown
Scott Gates October 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Also remember that a lot of that stimulus that obama touts as SAVING our economy was actually spent on outsourcing! Solar panels purchased from Mexico, Fiskars located in Sweden is where we gave money to build those solar cars (we got a return on that.. DiCaprio was given one.. so much for preferential treatment there! What does the tax payer get for all the Solar Crap being touted in washington? 10,000 subsidies for electric car owners.. I'm all for anyone who wants one of these 17 MP Chargeup clunkers from GM, but don't make ME, the taxpayer fork over 10,000 for every person who buys one of these cars! if they are so great, why does the government need a 10K subsidy per car? Explain that one please!
Scott Gates October 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Washington is BROKEN! we need someone to change things there, remember thats why Obama was elected! for hope and change. close loopholes, create the most transparent white house, no lobbyists, etc. you all know the score.. we got NOTHING on that return.. so it's time to turn it over to the comeback kid! Romney has EXPERIENCE in restructuring.. if for THAT alone, people shuold back Romney. We need someone who isn't afraid to make the tough choices.. he has already done that... that was his JOB! my opinion is.. give the man a chance.. we gave Obama his shot.. he promised so much and delivered so little... can't we hold HIM accountable too?
David Kent October 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Scott, you may not agree with it but we got Healthcare from Obama. Presidents since Truman have tried to get this and Obama was the 1st to succeed. Beyond that, it's just a bit tough to get anything done when: a. The Senate minority is headed by a man (Mitch McConnell) who uses the filibuster automatically on ANYTHING of substance from Obama. No minority in history has used the filibuster as the GOP has. b. For 2 years, the GOP majority in the House absolutely refuses to compromise on ANYTHING. Our system is set up with checks and balances. When one branch just says "No" things grind to a halt. No President could overcome that.


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