Monday, January 18, 2010

Scott Brown Voted Against Assistance To 9/11 Recovery Workers

Does former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, who campaigned for Republican Scott Brown's senatorial campaign in Massachusetts (left), know that Brown voted against relief for 9/11 recovery workers? From The Plum Line:

One month after the September 11th attacks, Scott Brown was one of only three Massachusetts State Representatives to vote against a bill to provide financial assistance to Red Cross workers who had volunteered with 9/11 recovery efforts, we’ve learned.

...On October 17th, 2001, Brown
voted against a bill that would authorize “leaves of absence for certain Red Cross employees participating in Red Cross emergencies.” The bill gave 15 days of paid leave each year to state workers called up by the Red Cross to respond to disasters. At the time, state workers called for such emergencies were required to use sick and vacation days.

The bill was initially filed before 9/11, and after the attacks, it was made retroactive to 9/11, covering the time spent by state workers who’d assisted with 9/11 recovery work for the Red Cross. Brown’s vote against the measure came a little more than a month after the attack.

If he prevails against Democrat Martha Coakley, Brown could derail health care reform through enabling a Republican filibuster. That, like his vote described above, would be another shameful mark on his record. This time, the state of Massachusetts would share in the shame.

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