Alaska Democrat Mark Begich cast a critical vote to protect Barack Obama’s post-election amnesty in what ultimately proved to be a 50-50 vote blocking an effort by Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) who wanted to offer an amendment opposing the orders. Senate Democrats effectively blocked the attempt thanks to Begich.
“Begich saved the day for Ds,” Politico’s Manu Raju tweeted, referring to Senator Mark Begich (D., Alaska), a vulnerable Democrat who voted with Democratic leadership.
“I am going to make a motion that would allow this Senate to block the President’s planned executive amnesty,” Sessions said Thursday afternoon. “This is a common Senate action. If you believe we are sovereign nation, with the right to control our own borders, then you must vote ‘yes.’ If you believe America is an oligarchy, run by a group of special interests meeting in the White House to rewrite our immigration laws, then vote ‘no.'”
Fifty senators voted for Sessions’ motion and fifty voted against, so the proposal failed.