BOSTON (AP) — An aide to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown says he won’t be voting for President Obama’s jobs bill.

The Massachusetts Republican said in recent days that he supports parts of the bill, including an extension of the payroll tax cut.

Brown also urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pull out the elements of Obama’s bill that both Republicans and Democrats can agree on and pass that instead.

The bill was scheduled to come up for a test vote Tuesday. Gov. Deval Patrick sent a letter to Brown urging him to support the bill.

Patrick, a Democrat and Obama friend, said the bill would help create more than 16,000 Massachusetts jobs.

Patrick said the bill also includes $1 billion for highway improvements, school modernization and rehabilitation projects for foreclosed homes and businesses.

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