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MIT Physicists to @ScottBrownMA: America Needs a New START Treaty #mapoli #p2 #teaparty

Four physicists urge Senator Brown to support for a treaty that is vital to national security.

Dear Senator Brown,

We are writing to ask you to support the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement, which we think is a critical and essential step in strengthening U.S security. We hope that this will be a bi-partisan Senate vote, similar to the 95-3 vote for the 1991 START1 arms reduction treaty.


Sincerely yours,

Aron M. Bernstein
Professor of Physics, MIT

Roy Glauber
Professor of Physics, Harvard University
2005 Nobel Prize in Physics

Matthew Meselson
Professor of Molecular Biology, Harvard University

Jim Walsh
MIT Security Studies Program

read more: MIT Physicists to Senator Brown: America Needs a New START » New Deal 2.0

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In Partisan Move, @SenScottBrown Imperils 500 Good-Paying Massachusetts Jobs #mapoli

In a partisan move that could cost western Massachusetts 500 good-paying engineering and manufacturing jobs, U.S. Senator Scott Brown blocked a major Senate bill that would have delivered $1 billion to a critical Navy ship-building project in the Berkshires town of Pittsfield.  The legislation authorized the release of approximately $1 billion to extend a Navy contract to General Dynamics in Pittsfield. The funds, which were previously appropriated but have not yet been delivered, would have doubled the Navy’s order of coastal combat ships and created 500 new jobs in the Berkshires in the process.

Just this week, Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto had called the proposed expansion of the Navy project “the biggest economic development opportunity the city can imagine. It’s the largest that’s come up in a number of years.” Now, due to Brown’s opposition, the project may not be expanded and 500 new jobs may be lost.
“This ship-building project was not an earmark, but Senator Brown let it be killed anyway,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee National Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy.  “Brown decided it was more important to lead a partisan standoff in Washington than to bring 500 jobs back to his home state. With the unemployment rate in Massachusetts above eight percent, this was no time to put politics above job creation, but that’s what Scott Brown just did.”
The program was to be funded as part of the regular Pentagon budget, meaning it was not an earmark. The Navy has had a goal of growing its fleet of these ships, known as Littoral Combat Ships, to 55 vessels. Now that goal is in jeopardy because, under the alternative bill the Senate will be forced to take up to keep the government running, there will be no new funding for the Pittsfield project.

Brown Opposes the Bill. Brown, who was thought to be a potential swing vote on the measure, called the bill “outrageous” in a statement Thursday, announcing his intention to vote against it and demanding a veto from President Obama should the bill reach his desk. [The Hill, 12/16/10]


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End of omnibus jeopardizes funding for Wall Street regulation. @SenScottBrown voted against omnibus #mapoli

Increased funding for financial regulators implementing the Wall Street reform bill has been jeopardized by the Senate’s scrapping of an omnibus spending measure.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday night that he lacked the support needed to advance a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, and instead would focus on crafting a short-term funding measure to keep the government running beyond Saturday.

read more: End of omnibus jeopardizes funding for Wall Street regulation - The Hill’s On The Money

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Fox News Shep Smith rips “everybody who voted against” the Zadroga 9/11 health bill

Shep Smith never named names Friday afternoon [which was every Republican in the US Senate,] but did rip the “political” failure.

“Who’s going to hold these people’s feet to the fire? We’re able to put a 52 story building so far down there at Ground Zero, we’re able to pay for tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and it’s not going to stimulate the economy. But we can’t give health care to Ground Zero first responders who ran right into the fire? Went down there to save people? Do people know what this city was like that day? People were walking over bridges they were covered in ash they were running for their lives they were crying their family members were dead. And these people ran to Ground Zero to save people’s lives. And we’re not going to even give them medicine for the illnesses they got down there? It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace, it’s a shame and everybody who voted against should have to stand up and account for himself or herself.

read more: Shepard Smith - 9/11 First Responders

Everybody [partisan party-line vote] who voted against:

Lamar Alexander R-TN
John Barrasso R-WY
Robert F. Bennett R-UT
Christopher S. Bond R-MO
Scott Brown R-MA
Jim Bunning R-KY
Richard M. Burr R-NC
Saxby Chambliss R-GA
Tom Coburn R-OK
Thad Cochran R-MS
Susan Collins R-ME
Bob Corker R-TN
John Cornyn R-TX
Michael D. Crapo R-ID
Jim DeMint R-SC
John Ensign R-NV
Michael B. Enzi R-WY
Lindsey Graham R-SC
Charles E. Grassley R-IA
Judd Gregg R-NH
Orrin G. Hatch R-UT
Kay Bailey Hutchison R-TX
James M. Inhofe R-OK
Johnny Isakson R-GA
Mike Johanns R-NE
Mark Steven Kirk R-IL
Jon Kyl R-AZ
George S. LeMieux R-FL
Richard G. Lugar R-IN
John McCain R-AZ
Mitch McConnell R-KY
Lisa Murkowski R-AK
Harry Reid D-NV
Jim Risch R-ID
Pat Roberts R-KS
Jeff Sessions R-AL
Richard C. Shelby R-AL
Olympia J. Snowe R-ME
John Thune R-SD
David Vitter R-LA
George V. Voinovich R-OH
Roger Wicker R-MS

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@ScottBrownMA, MA’s best flip flopper, DADT #mapoli

Globe columnist Adrian Walker isn’t happy with Scott Brown’s decision last week to help prevent a measure that would overturn the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy from coming to a vote.

Technically it was a procedural move, a Washington power play, one that had nothing to do with his true feelings on equality for gays and lesbians.

But really, you voters who elected Scott Brown as a breath of independent fresh air, how did you feel about his decision to help kill, or at least delay, the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’’ policy Thursday?

[I]n Massachusetts, this defeat will come as a bitter pill to many and as a blow to the idea that voters had sent a reasonable and moderate conservative voice to Washington to replace Ted Kennedy. It’s fair to say that the state that gave America gay marriage isn’t big on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’’

It’s not just fair, it’s accurate. According to a poll taken earlier this year, 77 percent of Bay State voters support a repeal.

read more: Walker: Scott Brown’s disappointing DADT vote - The Angle - Boston.com

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@SenScottBrown shifts $19 BILLION costs from Wall Street to taxpayers #mapoli #teaparty #topprog #p2

When negotiations over the Dodd-Frank financial reform law reached their final stages, Democrats were desperate to find a few Republican votes to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. Ultimately, three Republicans senators — Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Susan Collins (R-ME) — supported the Dodd-Frank legislation.

But before he gave his approval, Brown extracted a few concessions. First, he forced Democrats to strip from a bill a bank tax that would have raised $19 billion to pay for the implementation of the law. He also pushed to water down a key reformthe Volcker rule — that was aimed at preventing banks from making risky trades with dollars backed by the government. Both of Brown’s wishes were ultimately agreed to.

read more: Wonk Room » Banks Gave Heavily To Scott Brown As He Watered Down Financial Reform

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