“My amendment would simply say if you are here illegally and then get lawful status, you do not qualify for ObamaCare and Medicaid,” Sessions said ahead of the vote early Saturday morning.

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Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezJuan Williams: A breakthrough on immigration? Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 Bottom line MORE (D-N.J.) offered a counter amendment that restated current law, which says undocumented people cannot receive federal benefits. His amendment passed by voice vote.

“Current law already explicitly excludes undocumented people from receiving benefits,” Menendez said. “This is not a great way to do your outreach to the Hispanic and immigrant community.”

Sessions said he wasn’t worried about current law, he was concerned that if Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform later this year, that illegal immigrants who are able to apply for citizenship or get some form of amnesty would then be able to use federal health benefits, costing taxpayers’ money.

Republican Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Manchin touts rating as 'most bipartisan senator' MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Trump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message MORE (Alaska) voted with Democrats against Sessions’s amendment.


The Senate also voted on the following budget amendments:

- Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinHouse panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Md.) amendment 706, to ensure that carbon emission standards be cost effective, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate nixes Trump rule limiting methane regulation | Senate confirms EPA chief: Biden's climate goals are 'an opportunity to lead' | Fine-particle pollution disproportionately hurts people of color: research EPA chief: Biden's climate goals are 'an opportunity to lead' Senate confirms Pentagon policy chief criticized by Republicans for tweets MORE (R-Okla.) amendment 359, to prohibit Environmental Protection Agency funding for greenhouse gas regulations, failed 47-52.

- Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySenate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Bipartisan Senate group calls for Biden to impose more sanctions on Myanmar junta A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US MORE (D-Ore.) amendment 696, would direct the Department of Justice that no financial institution is “Too Big To Jail” and recommends prosecution when a crime is committed, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate GOP faces retirement brain drain Roy Blunt won't run for Senate seat in 2022 Lobbying world MORE amendment 187, to prohibit the use of funds for promotional or marketing materials promoting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, failed on voice vote.

- Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) amendment 619, to encourage more wise coordination for flood loss mitigation programs, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanStrengthen CBP regulations to reduce opioid deaths House panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms MORE (R-Ohio) amendment 152, to provide reconciliation instructions to the Judiciary Committee reduce the deficit by $63.8 trillion over 10 years through medical malpractice reform, failed 43-56.