President Donald Trump chastised Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R.-Alaska, Wednesday for two votes she cast Tuesday associated with health care reform legislation, asserting that she let down Republicans and “our country.”
“Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.
Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Murkowski and one other Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine, were the only GOP senators to vote with Democrats against a procedural measure to begin debate on the GOP’s proposed health care legislation.
Eight other Republicans joined Murkowski in a later vote against an amendment that would have repealed and replaced portions of Obamacare.
Republicans are utilizing a process known as reconciliation in their attempt to pass health care reform legislation, which allows most amendments to pass with only 50 votes.
However, the amendment Murkowski voted against Tuesday night required 60 votes since portions of it have not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office.
In response to Trump’s criticism, Murkowski said Wednesday that she is not concerned about the president damaging her prospects for reelection.
“Quite honestly, I don’t think it’s wise to be operating on a daily basis thinking about what, a statement or a response, that causes you to be fearful of your electoral prospects,” Murkowski said.
“We’re here to govern. We’re here to legislate. We’re here to represent the people that sent us here,” she added.
The Alaska Republican suggested that politicians should concern themselves with governing instead of always worrying about their reelection chances.
“Every day shouldn’t be about winning elections,” she said.
“How about just doing a little bit of governing around here? That’s what I’m here for.”
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