The plan, extending tax cuts for millions of Americans and blocking spending cuts, was passed by an 89-8 vote. Shortly before 2:00 a.m. EST Brown tweeted: “Voted for the bill. Good luck next session. A LOT of work to do. Thank you for the HONOR.”
The House could meet as early as Tuesday to vote on the bill.
Brown championed bipartisan efforts in getting the plan approved.
Five republicans and three democrats voted against the bill.
In a statement released early Tuesday morning, Brown said:
“Since returning to Washington after the holidays, I have been working with Leadership and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a way to address the looming fiscal and economic issues set to affect our country in the new year. While not perfect, this bi-partisan compromise will protect ninety-nine percent of Americans from a massive tax increase, while giving Members the time to continue to work on the very real debt and deficit issues that our nation faces. It is now in the hands of the House of Representatives and I hope they will pass this compromise immediately and send it to the President for signature. It has been my honor to serve the people of Massachusetts, working to the very end in a bipartisan manner to move our nation forward.”
Sen. Brown was defeated by Elizabeth Warren in November after the most expensive race of its kind in Massachusetts history. There are rumors that Brown may be interested in running for Sen. John Kerry’s seat once Kerry becomes Secretary of State.