Senate Democrats unanimously voted (50-49) on Saturday against Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) amendment to the recently passed $1.9 trillion spending bill that would have stopped $1,400 checks from being given to illegal aliens.
"Not only does this COVID bill fail to address the real needs of the American people who are suffering, but it hands out billions in taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrants," Cruz said.
"Congress should come together to pass my amendment to stop this. We need to stand for the American people, get our kids back to school, and reopen our small businesses."
Cruz and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) responded on Saturday to the failed passage of the amendment immediately following the vote on the Senate floor.
Cruz said the Democrats "know that the IRS treats someone who was illegally present in the United States for 31 days last year as a resident alien." Cruz said his amendment "corrects that" loophole and "ensures that illegal aliens are not eligible for taxpayer funded stimulus checks."
"The statement of the Senator from Texas is just plain false. False," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said on the Senate floor on Saturday. "Let me be clear, undocumented immigrants do not have social security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks. Period.
And, just in case you didn't notice, they didn't qualify in December when 92 of us voted for that measure. And they don't qualify under the 'American Rescue Plan.' Nothing has changed.
And for [Cruz] to stand up there and say the opposite is to rile people up over something that's not true."
Cruz asked Durbin if he would "yield for a question." Durbin immediately responded, "No, I won't."