While the Senate continues debating over budget resolution, two GOP Senators, Tom Cotton (AR) and Todd Young (IN) introduced an amendment that would prevent any future COVID economic payments form being allocated towards illegal immigrants.
This amendment enjoyed bipartisan support in the evenly divided Senate Chambers. Eight different Democrat Senators voted affirmatively, including: John Hickenlooper (CO), Jon Tester (MT), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI), Joe Manchin (WV), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Mark Kelly (AZ), and Maggie Hassan (NH).
However, two senators who are up for re-election in 2022 sided with illegal immigrants. Sen Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) and Senator Raphael Warnock (GA) voted against the amendment while their re-election cycle begins to gather steam. After Masto and Warnock’s votes, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) criticizes the lawmakers for their vote, characterizing them as far “too extreme” for the upper chambers.
As noted by NSRC spokeswoman Katharine Cooksey, any Democrat that opts “to send taxpayer-funded checks to illegal immigrants is too extreme for the U.S. Senate.” Cooksey also added that extreme Democrats do not care for small businesses and American families, and American families should have Senate representation that takes care of their needs, rather than Senators “who rubber-stamp Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders’ extreme, anti-family agenda.”
Cotton and Young introduced the measure in an effort to protect taxpayers from illegal immigrants taking advantage of COVID economic stimulus checks through the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Through introducing their measure, Cotton and Young are encouraging Biden to prioritize American citizens over illegal immigrants.