Sen. Jeff Sessions
Sen. Jeff Sessions


On July 8, the Senate passed by voice vote an amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that would require all federal contractors to check the eligibility of all new hires through E-Verify. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried to table the amendment, but the motion was defeated 44-to-53, allowing the passage of the amendment. The amendment also calls for a permanent reauthorization of E-Verify, which is set to expire in September.

Sen. Sessions offered the same amendment to the omnibus spending bill in March, but a motion to table was successful.

View the vote tracker to the right to see who voted for or against tabling the amendment, and read Roy's blog for a breakdown of the Senators that changed their vote, and watch Sen. Sessions' floor speech in support of the amendment.

Originally Published: Wed, Jul 8th 2009 @ 10:00pm EDT