The Heroines of the Senate
“Nevertheless she persisted” persists on with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME) standing their ground while facing threats from their male colleagues. On Friday morning, the senate voted on the Health Care Freedom Act, a.k.a. the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. The floor was rocked and shocked when Senator John McCain voted “no” against the act. Though his vote was surprising and newsworthy, especially after flying in post-brain tumor diagnosis, his vote would not have mattered without the two women who remained loyal to their contingencies.
The two women stuck true to their votes, despite men in their own party and the President openly threatening them. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) told MSNBC that “somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass.” For those who do not speak this vulgar language, “snatch a knot” means “to hit.” Likewise, Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas said if they were men he’d challenge them “Aaron Burr style.” And like many of Farenthold’s archaic beliefs, it may come as a shock to him that it’s 2017 and people don’t civilly duel with firearms anymore.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 26, 2017
Both women said they could not support any bill that would leave millions of people without health insurance. Also, they opposed provisions to defund Planned Parenthood. In an administration full of men that insists on creating laws over female bodies, it’s no shock the women, though in the majority party, are not behind these bills.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a deeply red state, opposed the repeal of the Affordable Care Act simply because Alaska benefits greatly from Obamacare insurance. A majority of the state, a state with some of the highest health care prices, would be left uninsured and in dire danger. And still, despite receiving a call from Secretary Ryan Zinke saying her vote “put Alaska’s future with the administration in jeopardy” (that sounds threatening), she persisted. For this, Murkowski received a personalized tweet from Donald Trump.
Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
In response, Sen. Murkowski said, “My vote yesterday was from my heart for the people that I represent. And I’m gonna continue working hard for Alaskans and just focus on that.”
Ironically, Trump showed his appreciation for Sen. McCain a few days earlier:
.@SenJohnMcCain-Thank you for coming to D.C. for such a vital vote. Congrats to all Rep. We can now deliver grt healthcare to all Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Yes, maybe now, we CAN deliver great health care to all Americans!
Still, McCain is labeled the hero of the day, and indeed, his vote was pivotal. Though we love him for riding in on his white horse and shining knight armor, let’s not overlook the Queens. The brave women senators who have kept in touch with the people from the start. Cheers, Senators Murkowski and Collins, persist!
Giving McCain the credit for defeating this repeal when female Senators Murkowski & Collins were early NOs is EVERY WORK MEETING EVER.
— Jenny Yang👲👲🏽🐉 (@jennyyangtv) 28 July 2017