Brown has emerged as one of the few swing votes in the Senate since winning a special election earlier this year, but he has drawn the line at the financial reform bill drafted by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.)
“To use that issue as a political wedge at a time when people are hurting and we need to solve problems and address issues in that field is wrong,” said Brown.
Brown said he is still open to working toward a bipartisan solution but that if Democrats advance what he called the partisan bill that President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump's Africa policy should end US aid to dictators, rights abusers White House details plan to roll back environmental regs Obama sends well wishes to McCain: 'Cancer doesn't know what it's up against' MORE has promoted in recent weeks, “I can’t support it.”

Brown said the legislation would hurt community banks and small businesses, add an “extra layer” of regulation, and is “clearly being used by the administration to drive a wedge” and “that’s wrong.”

“The bottom line is the bill that is being composed right now by the chairman has been influenced by the administration to the point where it’s politics over really solving problems,” Brown said.