Kaine, Warner say they will oppose House funding bill
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Virginia's Democratic senators say they will oppose the House plan to fund the government, putting the bill on an increasingly uphill path in the Senate.

"We oppose the House Continuing Resolution, which punts budget discussions until mid-February," Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked Rubio warns that election interference may ramp up around Election Day Senate Intel leadership urges American vigilance amid foreign election interference MORE and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: analysis Democrats brace for nail-biting finish to Senate battle MORE said in a joint statement Thursday.

"Republican leadership has to get serious about finding a budget deal and quit relying on short-term patches."


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop Senate GOP super PAC makes final .6M investment in Michigan Senate race On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (R-Ky.) has almost no room for error to pass the funding bill through his chamber, assuming it first passes the House 

With two GOP senators already opposed, he will need at least 11 Democratic senators to support the continuing resolution (CR) for it to pass.

Kaine and Warner both supported a December funding bill. Now that they have come out against the latest spending patch, there are 12 Democratic senators on the fence, according to The Hill's whip count.

Congress has until midnight Friday to prevent a shutdown. 

Democrats argue the House bill doesn't address a myriad of issues, though the stalemate on what to do about immigration has emerged as the key sticking point. 

Warner and Kaine said in their statement that Congress should stay in town until they get a larger budget deal. 

"We will support a short-term CR for a few days to keep the government open while we stay in town and conclude our negotiations," they said.