The Senate continues working after the Republican health care bill collapsed last week due to opposition within the GOP ranks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump. They defeated an Obamacare repeal bill despite Trump's pleas. Those are surprisingly tough words from a Republican whose state Trump won easily less than a year ago.The situation is different in the House, where most Republicans represent conservative districts still loyal to Trump.The other 50 Senate Republicans are largely insulated from blowback from Trump's still-loyal base, at least in the short term, since many of them won't face voters for several years.Trump has been ignoring past warnings from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to stay out of the Senate's business, tweeting relentless commands in the wake of Friday's failure on health care that the Senate should eliminate the filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to move forward on much major legislation.So Republicans, in turn, ignored Trump.The House has been a Trump friendly place. Republicans pushed through a health care bill in May.In the Senate, though, lawmakers and the president appear to be going their separate ways, with some senators talking as though Trump is almost irrelevant.
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