The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced that he will vote to approve the tax cut/unemployment compensation Obama/McConnell compromise. Brown had recently crowed about voting against cloture for the Senate to consider the compromise, saying he wanted to amend the compromise:
He wanted tax credits for clean energy manufacturing, and he wanted to extend enhanced health coverage tax credits for people who lost their jobs or large portions of their retiree benefits.
Sherrod’s amendments will not be considered by the Senate. He’s going to vote for it anyways.
Seriously, I don’t know what the point was for Sherrod to have so publicly blast this proposal if he was going to vote for it all along.
I’ve asked for a response to this very question from the Senator’s press office. I’ll let you know what we find out.