Following health care vote, Trump singles out Murkowski with critical tweet

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks with reporters in Juneau in February. (File photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

This afternoon, the US Senate voted against an amendment to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act in a 55-45 split.

It was one of several votes concerning the health law in two days.

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Following yesterday’s narrow Senate vote to allow debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval toward Senator Lisa Murkowski — stating that she “let the Republicans and our country down.”

Murkowski and Susan Collins of Maine were the only Republican senators to vote no on the measure, causing a 50-50 split that required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

In an interview with MSNBC today, Murkowski said she is isn’t very concerned about the president’s tweet, or how it affects her political future.

“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.”

Murkowski reminded the reporter that she isn’t up for reelection until 2022. She voted against today’s partial repeal amendment, while Senator Dan Sullivan voted in support of the amendment.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the vote on a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

Wesley Early covers Anchorage life and city politics for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at and follow him on X at @wesley_early. Read more about Wesley here.

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