Schumer, Pelosi praise GOP trio for helping put Dems back in the majority
**Written by Doug Powers
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 McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (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.
Chuck Schumer was effusive in his praise for McCain, as well as Murkowski and Collins. Schumer compared the Arizona senator to Ted Kennedy and said that by helping the Dems keep Obama’s signature law McCain entered the pantheon of great legislators:
“And the credit goes to a lot of people, but at the top of the list are the three who showed amazing courage to resist the pressure and do what’s good for the country. John McCain at the top of the list,” Schumer, who hugged McCain after the vote, said. “He and I have been friends for a very long time, ever since the Gang of Eight which we put together. And I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly, as well and as frequently as John McCain. The very same courage he showed as a naval aviator in Vietnam, he showed last night and has shown time and time again.