The Senate’s newest senator is learning to throw his weight around: Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts said on Monday that he’ll support the financial-regulation bill. "I appreciate the efforts to improve the bill, especially the removal of the $19 billion bank tax," he said in a statement. "As a result, it is a better bill than it was when this whole process started. While it isn't perfect, I expect to support the bill when it comes up for a vote.” Democrats still have to secure 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster—they’re hoping to pry away Olympia Snowe of Maine or Chuck Grassley of Iowa.
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