Sen. Harry Reid Suggests Sen. Scott Brown Lied

May 19, 2010 5:52pm

ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports: Did Harry Reid just call Scott Brown a liar? Basically, yes. Here’s the story:  The Senate just rejected Reid’s effort to move to a vote on the Wall Street reform bill, 57-42 (60 votes were needed). “I don’t know a lot about anything, but I know how to count votes,” Reid said after the vote. “But a Senator broke his word with me.” According to multiple Democratic sources, he was talking about  Senator Scott Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, who, the sources say, told Senator Reid he would vote yes but instead voted no.   A Brown spokesperson responded: “Harry Reid does not speak for Scott Brown. Scott Brown speaks for Scott Brown. Bi-partisanship is a two way street. Scott Brown has worked on two dozen amendments that would make this much-needed reform bill better for Massachusetts businesses. He didn't vote for cloture today because the way this bill is currently constructed would cost jobs in Massachusetts and does not include the fixes he understood were in the bill. He made that clear before his vote and after.”
Two Republicans – Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine –  joined 55 Democrats in voting yes. Senator Reid could have prevailed if all Democratic Senators voted yes.   Scott Brown’s vote would not have been enough for him to prevail. Two Democrats joined 39 Republicans in voting no – Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI). Reid himself also voted no, but only as a procedural tactic that will allow him to bring the vote up again at a later time.  Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) did not vote.  

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