WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has announced she will oppose moving forward on an "Obamacare" repeal bill — leaving Republicans once again short of votes.
Murkowski became the third GOP senator to announce her opposition to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's latest health care bill. McConnell can lose only two votes in the closely divided Senate, meaning the bill cannot advance.
McConnell was urging senators to advance to debate on a repeal-only bill on "Obamacare." That was after his earlier repeal-and-replace bill was killed Monday by opposition from Republican senators.
Tuesday's development marked the third straight defeat for McConnell as he struggles to make good on longstanding GOP promises to get rid of "Obamacare."