EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 12, 2012

Brown delivers farewell speech to Senate

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — WASHINGTON (AP) — In a farewell speech to his Senate colleagues yesterday, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., said “we may obviously meet again.”

Brown, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, gave a farewell speech on the Senate floor listing accomplishments he made during his nearly three years in the chamber and also warned of sharp partisan divisions in Washington.

Brown thanked Massachusetts voters for letting him represent them and said he kept his promise to vote on issues based on their individual merits.

The Republican pointed to several bills he backed, including legislation to ban insider trading by members of Congress and help veterans find work.

Brown will continue to serve in the Senate until Warren is sworn in next month.

“Victory and defeat is temporary. Depending on what happens and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again,” Brown said.

He voiced his opposition to proposed Senate rules changes that would alter the number of votes needed to approve legislation and limit the minority party’s ability to filibuster bills. Brown said he is “deeply concerned” about rules changes that would “change the ability for both sides to do battle” over legislation.

“That’s not what our country is about and that’s not what this chamber is about,” Brown said. Warren has said she will vote to limit the filibuster rules.

At the close of his speech, Brown thanked his fellow colleagues, telling them “we may meet again.” With Sen. John Kerry seen as a top contender to become Secretary of State, speculation has been rampant that Brown may run in a potential special election to fill that seat.

Brown also urged Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama to work together on the nation’s fiscal issues. “I’m deeply concerned about the lack of bipartisan effort to solve our country’s most pressing economic challenges and move our country forward,” Brown said.