The election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) energized Republicans that he would give them a critical 41st vote to help them block Democrats and filibuster key legislation.
So in the second vote of his Senate career, Brown promptly voted to help Democrats cut off a Republican filibuster of a $15 billion jobs bill engineered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
"It's not a perfect bill," Brown said shortly after voting. "I was comfortable with that vote."
Brown defended his vote, saying he was concerned about putting people back to work.
"Anytime you can make a small step, it's still a step," said Brown.
Sixty votes are the magic number to have operational control of the Senate. Brown's epic upset win gave Republicans 41 seats and the chance to block Democrats on controversial bills.
Brown joined Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kit Bond (R-MO), and George Voinovich (R-OH) in voting with Democrats to quash the GOP filibuster. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) was the only Democrat to break ranks and vote against invoking cloture.
The final tally on the vote was 62-30.
- Fox News Channel's John Brandt and Carl Cameron contributed to this report.