Pelosi thanks GOP senators who voted against ObamaCare repeal

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) thanked the three GOP senators who broke with their party to kill the Senate's bill to repeal ObamaCare during a vote early Friday morning.

In a press conference Friday, Pelosi thanked Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE (R-Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Maine) for breaking with their party and standing up to the Trump administration.

"I want to thank Senator McCain for establishing a higher level of participation as to how we should proceed," Pelosi said Friday, referencing McCain's return from Arizona, where he was diagnosed with brain cancer last week, to vote against the bill.

"To Senators Murkowski, Collins and McCain, thank you for hearing the voices of the families," Pelosi added.

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She was joined at the podium by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who echoed Pelosi's praise of McCain and added that he hoped it would be a "turning point" for how business is handled in Congress's upper chamber.

"I hope what John McCain did will be regarded in history as a turning point, where the Senate turned back from its partisanship and started working together," Schumer told reporters Friday.

McCain, Murkowski and Collins were the only GOP senators to vote against the "skinny" repeal of ObamaCare, which failed to pass in a late-night vote early Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) targeted Democrats in his statement after the vote, saying that now was the time for them to put forth some proposals to fix the country's struggling healthcare system.

"What we tried to accomplish for the American people was the right thing for the country," McConnell said Friday. "I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn't find another way forward."

“Now I think it’s appropriate to ask, what are their ideas?” McConnell said of the Democrats. “It’ll be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward.”