Senator Collins Greeted By Overwhelming Surprise After Voting “NO” On Repeal Bill

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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) returned home to Bangor, Maine on Friday after casting her “No” vote, along with the other two dissenting Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (AK) and John McCain (AZ). As soon as Collins stepped off the plane, she received a very warm greeting from a cheering crowd of supporters.

Collins told CNN Reporter Jake Tapper:

‘It really was so extraordinary, heartwarming and affirming. I got off the plane and there was a large group of outbound passengers, none of whom I happen to know, and spontaneously some of them started applauding and then virtually all of them started to applaud.’

A fellow passenger on Collins’ plane snapped this pic:

Collins said:

‘It was just amazing. I’ve never had that happen in the 20 years that I’ve been privileged to serve in the Senate. So it was very encouraging and affirming, especially after arriving back home after a very difficult time.’

Collins, Murkowski, and McCain joined 48 Democrats in opposing the “skinny” ObamaCare repeal bill put forth by the GOP leadership. President Trump has said that he still wants to revive the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. However, Collins says pressure from Trump won’t cause her to change her vote. She said:

‘We need to go back to committee, to the Health Committee and the Finance Committee, identify the problems, carefully evaluate possible solutions through hearings, and then produce a series of bills to correct these problems.’

On Tuesday, Senator John McCain sealed the fate of the GOP bill when he dramatically cast his “No” vote on the Senate floor. McCain had been fiercely lobbied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) , Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump.

Collins and Murkowski have been deemed the “health vote heroines.” Gail Collins of The New York Times wrote:

‘But Collins and Murkowski care a lot about women’s issues; their joint stand was the logical outcome of a year that’s been marked by an utter Republican indifference to women. Both serve on the Senate committee that handles health care – a fact that did not appear to impress Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he appointed 13 men to get together behind closed doors and write a health care bill.’

Watch Collins’ CNN interview here.

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