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Murkowski’s ‘Spine Of Steel’ On Display During Health Care Debate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has remained an unshakable opponent to Republicans' health care efforts even after President Donald Trump accused her of letting the party down.

The New York Times: Lisa Murkowski, A Swing Vote On Health Care, Isn’t Swayed
Lisa Murkowski had heard enough. As President Trump pressed her and her fellow Senate Republicans last week to fall in line behind a repeal of the Affordable Care Act in the interest of party loyalty and protecting the Republican brand, she felt compelled to speak up. “With all due respect, Mr. President,” she said, according to some of the people at the private White House lunch, “I didn’t come here to represent the Republican Party. I am representing my constituents and the state of Alaska.” (Hulse, 7/26)

The Hill: Trump’s Attacks Stun Republican Senators
In another shot heard loud and clear in the Senate, Trump blasted Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Wednesday after she joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in voting against a motion to proceed to healthcare legislation despite heavy lobbying from the president. (Bolton, 7/27)

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