Constituents of Sens. Susan Collins( R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski( R-Alaska) publicly thanked them for breaking with their party by systematically opposing various health care proposals by Senate Republican leaders and casting two of its most important polls early Friday that killed the measure that appeared most likely to pass.
Upon returning to her home nation after Friday’s vote, Collins received spontaneous applause at the airport in Bangor, Maine.
Collins called the gesture” extraordinary, heartwarming and affirming ,” when asked about it on CNN’s” State of the Union” Sunday morning.
” I’ve never had that happen in the 20 years that I’ve been privileged to be used in the Senate ,” she mentioned.” It was very encouraging and asserting, especially arriving back home after a difficult time .”
On Saturday, about 200 people in Anchorage, Alaska, turned up to a” Thank you Lisa” rallying to celebrate Murkowski, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.
Among the attendees were some Democrats who had not typically supported Murkowski but said they wanted to show her their gratitude for her role in the health care debate.
” I know Lisa just went against the grain ,” Cynthia Parkin told the Alaska Dispatch News.” She needs to hear from her constituents .”
Collins and Murkowski, along with Sen. John McCain( R-Ariz .), cast the three choosing polls to dropthe so-called skinny bill early Friday morning. The legislation would have removed essential components of the Affordable Care Act, and opened the door to possible peace negotiations with the House for a full repeal of Obamacare.
While McCain, in dramatic manner, cast its most important 51 st vote against the skinny bill, Collins and Murkowski had also systematically resisted other versions of the bill offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell( R-Ky .) to undo Obamacare. The two women did so in the face of sexist attacks — some critics on the internet referred to Collins and Murkowski as “witches” and “bitches,” and a GOP congressman recommended he would challenge them to a duel, but only if they were men.
In addition, Murkowski drew personal attacks from President Donald Trump and its management. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly called Murkowski and threatened to jeopardize his department’s projects in Alaska.