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 WarnerFacebook reeling after damning NYT report On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal Schumer told Warner to back off of Facebook: report MORE and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails Overnight Defense: What the midterms mean for defense panels | Pompeo cancels North Korea meeting | Trump eyes Kim summit in early 2019 | Pentagon drops name for border mission Five takeaways from a divisive midterm election 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 McConnellAs Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural McConnell: Criminal justice bill unlikely this year On The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report 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.