Sen. Amy Klobuchar is joining Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to square off against GOP sponsors of the latest Obamacare repeal bill in a CNN debate Monday night.

Senate Republicans have one more week to pass a repeal-and-replace bill with a simple majority. Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham sponsored the last-ditch attempt and will defend their bill in the town-hall style debate moderated by several CNN journalists.

Klobuchar and Sanders will argue against a bill that Minnesota officials say could cost the state billions of dollars in federal funding in the coming years.

The live debate begins at 8 p.m. Central time on CNN and runs for 90 minutes.

Sanders is the sponsor of alternative single-payer health care legislation that proposes expanding Medicare coverage to all Americans. Sen. Al Franken is one of the Sanders bill’s 16 co-sponsors. Klobuchar is not.

Republican leaders are hoping to bring the Graham-Cassidy bill to the Senate floor for a vote next week if they can lock in 50 “yes” votes. Republicans are rushing to beat a Sept. 30 procedural deadline.

Staff Reports