Mark Begich on Immigration
Democratic Jr Senator
Last week, the Senate briefly squabbled over immigration legislation, blocking a Republican proposal from coming to a vote. Now, Republicans are using that as ammunition. In an email to supporters, Sullivan said: "Begich cast the deciding vote in favor of President Obama's authority to issue executive amnesty to illegal aliens." Based on our research, that's not what happened.
Our ruling: Begich never voted on executive amnesty. In reality, Begich voted "no" on a procedural measure so that an amendment regarding immigration policy did not come up for a vote. It's debatable whether this amendment really addressed "executive amnesty." We rate this claim False.
[Bottom line]: Begich and Sullivan were asked if they would support the president taking executive action on giving amnesty to illegal immigrants: "No. Congress needs to be a part of it," Begich said. Sullivan said, "No way."
A: Mark Begich has reservations about any program or legislation that could reduce benefits to our seniors.