WASHINGTON - Arkansas' two senators have voted against an amendment to a proposed bill overhauling the country's immigration laws.
Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Democrats, voted no on an amendment that would end a proposed temporary worker program after five years. The amendment ultimately passed the Senate in a 49-48 roll call vote. The majority of Democrats voted for the amendment, while Lincoln and Pryor joined the majority of Republicans who voted against it.
The reversal dismayed backers of the immigration bill, which is supported by President Bush but opposed by many conservatives. Business interests and their congressional allies were already angry that the temporary worker program had been cut in half from its original 400,000 person per year target.