New U.S. senator helps Democrats advance jobs bill Republican Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week. "I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington," he said in a statement. The bill includes a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers, subsidies for state and local construction bonds and $19.5 billion to shore up a highway-construction fund. Much of the cost is offset by a crackdown on offshore tax shelters. UPDATE 1-New U.S. senator helps Democrats advance jobs bill | Reuters I knew this "Republican" who never ran as a republican, who is pro choice and is for gay rights would help us Dems out. Republicans, when you were screaming victory when Mr. Brown won in Ma, how do ya feel now? LOL Dino!