By Eric Zimmermann - 03/13/10 11:00 AM EST
The newest member of the Senate urged Democrats to drop their plans to overhaul healthcare reform and instead focus on jobs.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Saturday that his election should have sent a message to Congress that Americans aren't happy with Democrats' legislative priorities.
Brown called the healthcare reform process a "disastrous detour" and said that "an entire year has gone to waste" thanks to Democrats.
He also accused Democrats of subverting the legislative process in a last-ditch effort to get legislation to the president's desk.
“They pledged a true bipartisan effort," Brown said. "Instead, they
have resorted to bending the rules, and they now intend to seize
control of healthcare in America on a strict party-line vote."
The Massachusetts Republican said Democrats should scrap their proposals and start over on a more bipartisan solution.
“This, above all, was the message that the people of my state sent to the president and the Congress in the election over a month ago," he said.