Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine is urging Massachusetts voters to support fellow Republican Sen. Scott Brown, saying he’s one of a dwindling number of lawmakers willing to work across party lines.

Snowe, who recently announced she would not seek another term, said Monday that Brown is a critical vote in favor of issues important to women, pointing to his support for renewing the Violence Against Women Act.

Snowe downplayed Brown’s support for an amendment which would have let employers or health insurers deny coverage for services they say violate their moral or religious beliefs, including birth control.

Snowe opposed the amendment, which failed.

Brown’s likely Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, has faulted his support of the amendment, saying it threatened women’s access to contraception, mammograms, and maternity care.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (7)
  1. Kvtsal says:

    Awww come on. I said this ages ago. Why does Snowe get the credit. Or could I be Snowe. I am a Snow lover. Seriously. I hear what she’s saying and am almost in agreement. I have trouble ignoring his vote to cut college grants and to continue tax breaks for the wealthy AND the voteto let the church dictate health care policy. He did vote to continue the payroll tax cut and I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t support it because it’s an election year. Warren is more in line with actually understanding what middle America is facing but we desperately need someone who can actually vote with either party. Heck we need voters who can do the same even more desperately.

    1. Pat says:

      I am not sure what gives you the impression Warren can relate to middle class, but Brown voted against some of those things because as someone who looks at the larger picture – how the heck do you pay for this stuff? OK, raise taxes on the wealthy – go ahead, cut investments in the economy – it’s a double edged sword. I really can’t stand this class warfare any longer. The rich are rich because either they earned it or they were born into it – get over it. As it is they already pick up the lions share of tax revenues….and no, I am far from rich.

      1. tsal-kv says:

        Pat how do you justify a 275% income increase in the past 30 years for the top 10% with a 60% increase for middle class and 18 for the poor? They earned WHAT – do you really think that CEOs earned the bogus salaries they are getting while those who work their tails off to keep the companies running get nothing?

        What larger picture – with a 275% income increase the wealthy need a tax credit????? That isn’t reality – it’s ludicrous.

  2. Christopher J. Pauli says:

    And the part about the CONSTITUTION and the ACLU’s prattleing on about ‘separation of church and state’ with SILENCE about Obamas’ mandate for insurance co’s to provide ABORTION coverage to religious organizations which believe that to be murder!? I object to my taxes being used for that same reason! What part of the Constitution provides BO the authority to require anyone to do ANYTHING!?

    1. Kvtsal says:

      What part of your taxes pays for my private insurance. Although I’d be happy to send you the bill

      1. Pat says:

        I believe he is talking about government assistance be it federal or state. That is paid by taxpayer money (obviously since that’s the only money the government has). SSI, Medicaid,…

      2. tsal-kv says:

        Do you know the portion of young vs elderly on those plans? The bottom line is that if someone is receiving the plans because they do not have the money to pay for their own insurance, our tax dollars are paying for their services anyway. It would apply to the younger generation anyway since anyone retired doesn’t need a lot of abortion/birth control help. However, I notice it still doesn’t seem to bother the men that their “tax dollars” pay for male enhancement drugs which does affect many elderly.

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