By O'Ryan Johnson
Bay State Sen. Scott Brown today said the U.S. Senate has no plans to take up a vote to repeal President Obama's Affordable Health care Act.
"I haven't heard anything about it," he said during a stop yesterday in South Boston. "I think we're moving on to some other things."
This week House Republicans voted 244 to 185 in favor of repealing the reform bill in a largely symbolic move. The Senate has been under pressure from Tea Party Republicans to do the same, but lacks the votes to override a presidential veto.
Brown vaulted to Washington on the promise of being "Sen. 41" -- the deciding vote that could stop Democrats from forcing the president's health care plan through the Senate. He has said he supports the repeal of the law commonly known as Obamacare.
Brown made his comments during a visit to Medal of Honor Park in South Boston. With a backdrop of veterans he urged lawmakers to pass a revised version of the Stolen Valor Act -- the current version was struck down by the Supreme Court last month -- that would make it illegal for anyone to profit by lying about military service.
While urging Washington to take immediate action on Stolen Valor, he chastised Senate leadership for not acting on the budget.
"The majority leader the other day said, "Oh we're going to deal with the appropriation bills maybe after the election.' We should be dropping everything right now to start to work on the economic issues," Brown said. "Those are very, very real issues that are affecting each and every person in our country."