Senator Scott Brown was adamant during his campaign last year. He would not vote to raise taxes, he said repeatedly, even for the wealthy. But Brown voted Tuesday for a plan that would increase taxes for households that earn more than $450,000, a compromise that he said is “not perfect.”
Brown did not have much choice on the measure, strategists from both parties said. Most Republicans supported the plan. A no vote would have aligned Brown with the most conservative among them, just as a special election begins to replace Senator John F. Kerry, a race many think Brown will join after relinquishing his seat to Elizabeth Warren.