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Brown Backs Fiscal Cliff Bill That's 'Not Perfect'

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has endorsed the deal struck on the so-called fiscal cliff even though he says it is "not perfect."

The Massachusetts Republican said Tuesday the compromise "protects 99 percent of Americans from a massive tax increase" and gives members of Congress more time to address government spending.

Under legislation the Senate passed Tuesday, taxes will rise on individual incomes over $400,000 and household incomes over $450,000 and on the portion of estates that exceeds $5 million. Brown had previously supported a no new tax pledge.

Brown was defeated in his re-election bid in November by Democrat Elizabeth Warren. He has not said whether he intends to run in a special election that would be held if Sen. John Kerry becomes the next secretary of state.

This program aired on January 1, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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