Murkowski Statement on Motion to Proceed Vote

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement today about the Senate’s vote to begin debate on a healthcare bill.

“I have repeatedly said that healthcare reform, and especially major entitlement reform, should go through the committee process where stakeholders can weigh in and ideas can be vetted in a bipartisan forum.

“I voted ‘no’ today to give the Senate another chance to take this to the committee process.

“I still believe that’s the best route, but we will now have this debate on the open floor. We all recognize that we have much work to do to address the healthcare concerns in this country. My commitment is to work with all of my colleagues in the Senate to find solutions that benefit all Americans by increasing access and reducing the cost of care.”