From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Aides to Sen. Scott Brown (R) says he intends to vote with Democrats on the Reid jobs bill.
This is a procedural vote, known as cloture, which moves the legislation to the next stage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to attract some Republican support to reach the 60-vote threshold. Not only did Democrats lose their supermajority, but Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) is undergoing cancer treatment and will not be present to vote.
Senator Brown will release this statement after the scheduled vote (around 5:30 pm ET).
I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I will vote for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.
I was disappointed with the continuation of politics-as-usual in the drafting of this bill, as it was crafted behind closed doors, without transparency and accountability. I hope for improvements in that process going forward. All of us, Republicans and Democrats, have to work together to get our economy back on track. I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington.