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Murkowski after voting no on healthcare bill: 'Both sides must do better'

Murkowski after voting no on healthcare bill: 'Both sides must do better'
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-Alaska) explained her vote against the GOP’s “skinny” ObamaCare repeal bill in a statement Friday, saying Republicans and Democrats “must do better on process and substance.”

“The Affordable Care Act remains a flawed law that I am committed to reforming with a structure that works better for all Americans,” Murkowski said. “But to do that, the Senate must fully devote itself to an effort to improve the healthcare system in this country, reduce costs, increase access, and deliver the quality of care that our families want and deserve.

Murkowski joined Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (R-Maine) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.), as well as every Senate Democrat, in voting against the bill, which led to its shocking collapse in the early hours of Friday.

In her statement, Murkowski indicated she would be willing to work with Senate Democrats on healthcare reform.

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“As a Senate, as leaders, we have an obligating to do better for those whom we serve,” she said. “I stand ready to begin work with my colleagues — all of them — to reform healthcare in a more open process.”

Murkowski has become embroiled in a feud with President Trump’s White House over her opposition to the healthcare bill.

On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Murkowski and fellow Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) and threatened to withhold federal support from economic development projects in the state if Murkowski didn’t support the bill.

Trump also targeted her in a tweet earlier this week, saying Murkowski “let the country down.”

She downplayed the threat from Trump, saying she was focused on representing the people of Alaska.

"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."