The National Republican Senatorial Committee is continuing its effort to paint Senate Democrats facing reelection as being in favor of executive amnesty.
“Yesterday it became clear just how worried Senate Democrats are about their vote,” to allow President Obama to move forward with executive amnesty NRSC spokespeople Brad Dayspring and Brook Hougesen wrote in their Friday newsletter.
On Thursday, four Democratic Senators — who previously voted to block a Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) amendment to prevent Obama from enacting unilateral amnesty — voted in favor of a procedural motion to allow Sessions to attach an amendment defunding Obama’s future executive amnesty to the continuing resolution.
“Still under fire, desperate Senate Democrats on the ballot this year tried to use a procedural vote as a ‘do-over,'” wrote Dayspring and Hougesen in reference to the vote.
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) all voted in favor of allowing the amendment, exactly the opposite of their vote to block it in July.
The NRSC further highlighted a Politico report which noted that all the vulnerable Senate Democrats who voted in favor of Thursday’s motion waited until the last minute to cast their vote, once they knew it would fail.
“All the Democrats who sided with Republicans — except for [Sen. Joe] Manchin — waited until the last minute to cast their vote when it became clear the motion would fail. And before she voted, Hagan was seen talking to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and then huddled off the floor with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee,” the NRSC quoted the Politico report.
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), who is also facing a tough election in a red state, voted against the measure.
“There’s just one problem — each of these vulnerable Democratic Senators already voted to give President Obama the authority to grant executive amnesty. All Senate Democrats like Mary Landrieu, Jeanne Shaheen, Kay Hagan, Al Franken, Mark Pryor and Mark Begich did yesterday was remind voters that in addition to giving Obama blanket authority to grant executive amnesty, they also can’t be trusted,” the NRSC’s spokespeople wrote.