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Collins, Murkowski glad they had each other for no votes on healthcare

GOP 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 (Maine) and 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 (Alaska) said they were glad that they had each other when they voted against moving forward on the Republican healthcare bill last week, the pair said Thursday on CNN.

The two were the only Republicans who voted against the motion to proceed on the healthcare vote, leading the Senate to begin debating on their plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The Republicans eventually failed to pass even their watered-down "skinny" repeal plan after Sen. 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.) joined them in voting against the measure. 

The Republican women spoke with CNN’s Dana Bash about their experience Thursday, indicating that they were happy they were voting from their seats and sitting next to each other when they voted against the GOP healthcare measures.

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“I was very happy that Lisa was literally sitting next to me as we were voting from our seats,” Collins said.

“To have that weight, that responsibility knowing that your vote really is that pivotal, it does help to know that there is another kindred soul close by,” Murkowski added.

Bash commented that the pair are seen as both heroes and heretics to different people across the country. Collins responded that she was willing to cast the “uncomfortable” vote against her party’s line because she was representing her constituents, despite knowing it could make members of the Republican Party angry with her.

Both senators faced backlash from Republicans for their votes against the healthcare push. Trump specifically targeted Murkowski in a tweet after her vote, saying her votes “let the Republicans, and our country, down.” One Republican lawmaker even said he would challenge the senators to a duel if they weren’t women.

Murkowski said she voted that way because it was “the right thing” and that she shouldn’t be focused on the repercussions from the Republican Party.

“I don’t believe we should be motivated or discouraged from taking the positions that are important to the people we represent and our respective states,” she said.