Every morning, thousands of people in the Boston area drive over bridges that have been deemed structurally unsound. Fixing these bridges seems like a no brainer — it puts people to work and addresses a public safety problem. So why might Senator Scott Brown vote against it?
The ‘Rebuild America’ Jobs Act would create 11,000 jobs in Massachusetts – investing $850 million to repair crumbling roads, bridges and railways across the Commonwealth. Seventy-two percent of Americans support rebuilding our infrastructure, including a majority of Republicans*. Even the US Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO have come together to endorse key provisions in the bill.
So will Scott Brown do the right thing for Massachusetts when the bill comes to the Senate floor today? Or will he side yet again with the Republican leadership in Washington and vote to kill jobs?
Mitch McConnell would certainly prefer the latter. But with public pressure mounting for immediate action on job creation, Brown’s vote is difficult to predict.
One thing is certain: Brown’s Bay State constituents – both employed and unemployed – will be watching. And we will hold him accountable.
Take action today. Call Scott Brown’s office at (617) 565-3170 and tell him to support the Rebuild America Jobs Act and click here to sign our petition calling on Scott Brown to STOP voting against jobs.
**PUTTING TODAY’S EXPECTED VOTE INTO CONTEXT**
Thomas Donohue – President & CEO, US Chamber of Commerce:
“As our nation’s infrastructure continues to crumble around us, Americans wonder why our government doesn’t act…they want their elected officials to spend money wisely and on things that are essential to the economy and jobs. “
Ray LaHood – Transportation Secretary and former Republican Congressman:
“…opposition to the infrastructure portions of President Obama’s jobs bill in the Senate will be based on ‘politics,’ not the merits of the proposal.”
Mick Cornett – Oklahoma City Mayor and President, Republican Mayors & Local Officials Conference:
“Mayors see up close the deferred maintenance that’s going on in nation’s cities…it’s just a ticking time bomb. We also know that it puts people to work.”