Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) voted to fund President Obama's executive amnesty during the lame-duck session contrary to his earlier statements. He was one of several Senators who had come out against the president's actions, but then voted much differently.
These Senators, including Senator Flake had an opportunity to back up their rhetoric with action when Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) raised a "point of order" challenging the constitutionality of the president's executive action while the Senate debated the 2015 spending bill.
While 21 other Senators stood up and voted with Senator Cruz, 28 Senators who had previously come out against executive amnesty voted in favor of fully funding it.
After the president announced his plans for executive amnesty, Senator Flake released the following statement:
Previously, he said executive action “would not conform with my appropriate role as president,” and “that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” On this, we couldn’t have agreed with President Obama more.
For a full list of U.S. Senators who voted for and against the Senator Cruz's point of order, see the roll call vote.
Updated: Mon, Jan 12th 2015 @ 9:00am EST