Yesterday, Scott Brown voted to block the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which is described as:
a bill that would provide money for medical aid to ailing World Trade Center workers, dealing a blow to those sickened in service to the country.
Republicans had previously stated that they would block legislation until the Bush tax breaks are extended. Scott Brown voted with Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership in blocking aid. If Scott Brown believes in holding the health care of 9/11 responders hostage until he can secure a 4 percent tax break for millionaires, then his priorities are completely out of whack.
But this isn’t the first time Scott Brown has gone after 9/11 responders. Just one month after the 9/11 attacks Scott Brown was one of only three state representatives to vote against providing financial assistance to Red Cross workers who volunteered in the 9/11 recovery.
TP: In 2001, you voted against 9/11 recovery workers, giving them aid, do you have any comment on this story?
BROWN: Yes, it was a time when our budget was down. We had a lot of cuts unfortunately, and we had to take care of our own priorities first.
TP goes on to detail Scott Brown’s priorities at that time.
During the same month Brown was voting down efforts to support 9/11 rescue workers, he was pushing a bill to appropriate a tax-subsidized bond to build a golf course in Norfolk, a city in his district.
Scott Brown’s priorities, millionaires over heroes.