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 McCainAdvice for fellow Democrats: Don't count out Biden, don't fear a brokered convention McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad Eleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix MORE (R-Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump budget includes proposal for US Consulate in Greenland Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSusan Collins in statistical tie with Democratic challenger: poll Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony 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.


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 McConnellKentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Whistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics 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.”