“The problem with Washington is that people down there are constantly battling. That’s not how I operate…. I’ll work with anyone to get things done. That is the type of senator I’ve been: open to good ideas, no matter who brings them forward.”
Is Scott Brown’s claim a fair one? To find out, let’s look at the Library of Congress’ data on cosponsorship of legislation. Cosponsorship is the act of one senator officially supporting another senator’s bills. If Republican Senator Scott Brown is really “open to good ideas, no matter who brings them forward,” then at least 51% of the bills he cosponsors should be Democrats’ bills, since Democrats make up 51% of the members of the Senate.
And yes, cut right to the point, Brown’s claim is a fair one. 61.7% of the bills he’s cosponsored have been written by Democrats. Senator Brown has actually overshot the mark.
And how about Scott Brown’s colleague from Massachusetts? Democratic Senator John Kerry is not nearly as bipartisan as Scott Brown. Only 19.2% of the bills he’s cosponsored have been written by Republicans, and Republicans make up 47% of the members of the Senate.