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Murkowski: Waste of Time for Senate to Vote on Repeal

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) thinks that the Senate should not concentrate on repealing Obamacare.

Saying that “we got to get to rid of it [Obamacare],” Murkowski then questioned the value of a Senate vote on repeal during an interview with Alaskan TV station KTVA.

“I don’t believe there are votes sufficient in the Senate to repeal health care reform,” she said. “And if there were, you’re still dealing with the president, whose signature domestic legislative accomplishment was the health-care bill. He’s not going to allow for the repeal. He would veto that.”

“Spending a lot of time on the messaging votes is not what I think the American public wants us to do,” she added.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Kentucky) has announced that he will work to have a Senate vote on the repeal passed by the House this week.

UPDATE: In response to Murkowski’s comments, Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) told Sean Hannity in a radio interview this afternoon that “we don’t have to spend a lot of time on it [the health care repeal vote].”

“What we need to do is make sure there is a vote on it so everyone in America knows where Democrats and Republicans stand. … It’s so important that we do it right away and show that Republicans are going to do what we promised last election,” DeMint added, noting that the House had shown a lot of “spine” in passing the repeal.

DeMint said that Senate Republicans “might get two or three” Democrats to vote for repeal, but citing the amount of pressure Senate Democrats were under, he concluded that it was possible no Democrats would vote for repeal.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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