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Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) 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 Kirk 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 Kirk released the following statement:

By driving over Congress and handling this issue the partisan way, the president has dimmed his ability of getting the votes he wanted for a bipartisan solution that includes border security and would allow the whole country to meet this challenge together.

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.

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Updated: Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 @ 9:40am EST