Oklahomans in the U.S. House split along partisan lines this week on a key immigration vote, and Rep. Tom Cole said the bill's partisan nature is why it won't become law.
The House on Tuesday night approved legislation that offers a detailed path to citizenship for people who were illegally brought to the United States as minors. The bill would also protect some people who came to the country under a temporary status.
The bill was approved 237 to 187, with only seven Republicans in support.
U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma City, voted for the bill, while Cole, R-Moore, and Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, voted against. Reps. Kevin Hern, R-Tulsa, and Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, missed the vote because they were viewing flood damage in northeastern Oklahoma with Vice President Mike Pence.