With a 52-seat majority, Republicans have a narrow margin to be able to start debate on their healthcare proposals. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) needs 50 senators to agree to start debate.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE (I-Vt.) painted the vote on the healthcare bill as a life or death situation for Americans with life-threatening illnesses including cancer.
"Here's the good news. If three Republicans — three of 52 — will step up and say, stop, we can do better as a Senate, that will be the end of this terrible endeavor," he said from the Senate floor on Monday evening.
Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseManchin raises red flag on carbon tax Plastics industry lashes out at 'regressive' Democratic tax plan Democrats draw red lines in spending fight MORE (D-R.I) added that his GOP colleagues should not be controlled by a "cabal of creepy billionaires."
Democrats have ripped Republicans for the closed-door process used to craft their healthcare legislation, including an initial working group convened by McConnell that didn't include female senators.
They're stepping up their messaging war against the healthcare bill ahead of Tuesday's vote. In addition to the slate of floor speeches, Democrats and constituents went live on Facebook from off the Senate floor.
Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBiden sidesteps GOP on judicial vacancies, for now Senate poised to battle over Biden's pick of big bank critic Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE (D-Ohio), who is up for reelection in 2018, is holding a healthcare town hall later this week.
If the current GOP healthcare effort fails, Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration Authorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism MORE (R-Tenn.) has said he would hold a hearing in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee focused on insurance prices. McConnell said it was his "suspicion" that there could be hearings.
"Cancer is going to find a match in Senator McCain. This touches us in this body," he said.
Updated 10:31 p.m.