After several defeated efforts, Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) finally won over a majority of his colleagues this morning. They agreed with him that illegal aliens should not get jobs created with federal tax dollars.
In March, the Sessions E-Verify amendment was killed by tabling in a 50-47 vote.
But this morning, the tabling motion failed 44-53. (The amendment then passed on voice vote.)
12 Democrats and 1 Independent defied Party leadership and voted with all 40 Republicans to:
- permanently authorize E-Verify, so the pro-amnesty forces can't constantly threaten to kill it if they don't get their way
- require all federal contractors to use E-Verify so returning veterans and other unemployed Americans will get jobs created with federal tax money.
8 SENATORS WHO SWITCHED TO THE GOOD SIDE TODAY
E-Verify won today because these Senators -- who voted to kill the E-Verify mandate in March -- switched today and voted for using E-Verify to keep illegal aliens out of federal contractor jobs.
- Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)
- Bryon Dorgan (D-N.D.)
- Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
- Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
- Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
- Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)
- Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
- John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
All of you who live in those states -- especially North Dakota and Arkansas -- take a bow. Thanks for all you have done to help these Senators see the error of their March vote.
5 OTHER DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED TO HIRE AMERICANS
We have to give special thanks to the Democrats who stood with us and unemployed Americans today, because they had to defy their Party leadership to do it.
These Democrats voted for mandating E-Verify both today and back in March:
- Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
- Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
- Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
- Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)
- John Tester (D-Mont.)
If 10 of these 13 Senators continue to put American workers first in their voting, they spell absolute doom for plans to legalize 12-20 million illegal aliens with an amnesty.
If you live in their states, do all you can to express your appreciation for what they did today -- and encourage them to stop all government policies that import foreign workers while 15 million Americans are officially unemployed.
TWO SENATORS WHO WERE BACKSLIDERS TODAY
- Evan Bayh (D-Ind.)
- Jim Webb (D-Va.)
Sen. Webb and Sen. Bayh were 2 of the 7 Democrats who voted for E-Verify back in March. Why did they turn against it today and vote to table it?
Webb is known as a maverick. Bayh makes a big deal about how he doesn't toe the Party line. Are they being lap dogs for the Democratic leadership on E-Verify? Or is there some business group that is calling the shots for each of them? Why are these two siding with the 8 million illegal aliens who currently hold jobs? What changed?
There was one more backslider today:
- Arlen Specter (D-Pa.)
In March, Specter was a Republican and voted with the rest of the Republicans in favor of E-Verify. Today as a Democrat, he voted with the Democratic leadership against E-Verify.
DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP SEEMS DEAD-SET ON FAVORING ILLEGAL WORKERS
Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is the Democrats' leader who is expected to introduce his "comprehensive immigration reform" amnesty legislation later this year. Amazingly, he tried to get all Democrats today to vote against the E-Verify mandate because he said E-Verify isn't TOUGH enough. Can you believe it?
Schumer widely takes credit for getting the first mass amnesty passed in 1986. He has worked with Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.) ever since to ensure that immigration laws aren't enforced. Now he says that we shouldn't require E-Verify because it isn't tough enough? What he wants is a national bio-metric ID card. Of course, it would be several years before that would be ready to put into use, allowing scoundrel businesses several more years of easily hiring their illegal work force.
Everything Schumer does seems to be about delays to give time so that all illegal aliens will be legal residents so that when a national ID card went into effect it would be too late to open up jobs for Americans.
Well, a 9.5% unemployment rate and stories of returning National Guardsmen who can't find jobs -- plus constant pressure from home-state voters -- has finally produced a victory for mandating government contractors to use E-Verify to keep from hiring illegal aliens.
A dozen Democrats today indicated they aren't going to be part of Schumer's stalling tactics.
Now, we have to stop House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) from killing this E-Verify amendment behind closed doors in the House/Senate negotiating session. If we do, hundreds of thousands of additional Americans will get jobs over the next year and stay off the unemployment rolls.
GIVING REPUBLICANS THEIR DUE CREDIT
I do not for a minute take for granted the unanimous Republican support for American workers against the wishes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In past years, we might easily lose a dozen and even a majority of the Republicans to the wishes of the Big Business lobbyists.
That was a bold and courageous thing the Republicans did today. I know that many of them didn't want to do it but felt compelled by voter pressure.
I am especially thankful for strong leadership from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who made it clear that he wanted his Party to stand against the anti-American-worker efforts of Sen. Schumer. This is a strong position to be in, because I am quite certain that the majority of all business owners and managers in America stand with the American people against the hiring of illegal foreign workers.
Sen. Sessions' mandatory E-Verify bill is as good for honest, patriotic businesses as it is for U.S. workers.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
Updated: Thu, Jul 9th 2009 @ 10:59am EDT