Brown Would Rather Fire Massachusetts First Responders and Teachers Before Millionaires Pay More

Oct. 21st 2011

Senator Scott Brown Would Rather Fire Massachusetts First Responders and Teachers Before Seeing Millionaires Pay a Half-Penny-Per-Dollar More in Taxes


Brown Challenged to Explain His Vote to Kill 400,000 Jobs for Teachers, Cops, and Fire Fighters as Anything Other Than a Deliberate Effort to Sandbag the Economy for Political Gain


SEE Reuters: ‘Republicans block popular piece of Obama jobs bill’


Washington DCAmericans United for Change challenged Senator Scott Brown to explain his vote last night to block the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act as anything other than a callous and deliberate effort to sandbag the economy for political gain.  Brown voted against even allowing a debate on the bill that would support 400,000 jobs nationwide and would provide Massachusetts with an additional $591.8 million in funds that will support 6,300 education jobs and addition investments to keep Massachusetts cops and firefighters on the street –  a jobs bill that would be fully paid for with 0.5 percent tax on millionaires rather than raising the national deficit.


Vice President Joe Biden underscored how little a sacrifice millionaires are being asked to make this week: “If you make $1.1 million when, God willing, this passes, you will pay next year $500 more in taxes. You got that? Now, the average income for the group of people we’re talking about is $3 million. I believe the vast majority of American people and I believe the vast majority of millionaires know this isn’t about soaking the rich.”  


Indeed, nearly 30 major national polls show that Americans believe we need to raise taxes, including a recent poll that shows 70 percent want to end wasteful tax giveaways to corporations and millionaires.  And people in MA have taken to the streets to deliver the message to Sen. Brown: Mission Hill Gazette, Oct 14: ‘Senator’s jobs fair meets with protests’


Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “The jobs bill Senator Brown blocked last night would not only improve the quality of our education and make us safer, but would give our economy the shot in the arm it urgently needs.  Unfortunately, Senator Brown made it clear he would rather see more fire fighters, cops and teachers laid off in Massachusetts than see millionaires pay a even a half-a-penny-per-dollar more in taxes.  Talk about pandering to the “1%” Wall Street crowd at the expense of the middle-class.  Senator Brown’s vote put him on the wrong side of the vast majority of people in Massachusetts who think the middle-class has sacrificed enough already and want to see millionaires pay their fair share – who think it’s wrong that billionaires like Warren Buffet are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries, or nurses or construction workers.”


“And Senator Brown and his Republican colleagues proved once again they are more far interested in tearing down this President politically than putting Americans back to work today,” added McMahon.  “Rather than rooting for the economy to fail for the next 13 months, Senator Brown should start doing his job, or at least stop trying to make things worse.”


"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
-- Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)