A heartfelt thank you to Alaska for giving this woman another term.
(The Hill) — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday cast doubt on the manner in which Republicans have attempted to repeal the healthcare law.
Murkowski (Alaska) said that she would vote to repeal the law if a vote was held in the Senate, but she said the enough votes do not exist in the upper chamber to strike the law. As a result, Republicans should focus on other issues such as unemployment, spending and the federal debt and deficit, she said.
“The real question is, how much time do we as a Congress spend on this messaging?” Murkowski asked during an interview with KTVA-TV.
Murkowski’s comments came after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)assured that his chamber would hold a vote on the repeal bill passed by the GOP-controlled House this week, even though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has voiced opposition to such a vote.
The Alaska senator — who defeated Tea Party Republican Joe Miller as a write-in candidate in November — mimicked a Democratic argument against GOP repeal efforts; Democrats say that Republicans have gone back on their calls to focus on jobs by holding a healthcare vote as their first major action of the 112th Congress.