By SEUNG MIN KIM, POLITICO
A must-pass bill that funds the government and arms Syrian rebels briefly became a proxy battle over immigration Thursday as a handful of red-state Senate Democrats sided with Republicans on a measure that could have opened the door to a controversial deportation vote.
Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted with all Republicans on a procedural vote that the GOP depicted as a signal of support for pending executive action from President Barack Obama on immigration. The measure ultimately failed on a 50-50 tie vote – it needed just 51 votes to pass.