Senate Democrats say they have secured the votes to block a House plan to fund the government through mid-February. 
 
A Democratic aide confirmed that the caucus will be able to block Republicans from getting the 60 votes needed to overcome an initial procedural hurdle. 
 
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"Yes. And with the Republicans it's not close," the staffer told The Hill, asked whether Democrats will be able to block the legislation. 
 
Three Republicans — Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe buck stops here: How to restore accountability to the federal regulatory system Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Lawyer: Flynn will keep cooperating after co-conspirator revelations MORE (Ky.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (S.C.) and Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsGOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default Trump puts hopes for Fed revolution on unconventional candidate Senate GOP raises concerns about White House stopgap plan to avoid shutdown MORE (S.D.) — have also said they will oppose the House plan, bringing the total opponents to 41. 
 
According to The Hill's whip list, 38 Democratic senators are prepared to vote "no" on the GOP bill in addition to the three Republicans. 
 
Democratic Sens. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSecond ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Overnight Health Care: Poll finds most Americans misunderstand scope of 'Medicare for All' | Planned Parenthood chief readies for 2020 | Drugmakers' lawsuit ramps up fight with Trump MORE (N.H.) and Tina SmithTina Flint SmithClean water or mining pollution for the nation's favorite wilderness? Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups Senate Democrats press regulators over reported tech investigations MORE (Minn.) were the latest Democrats to publicly say they would oppose the bill. 
 
Another 10 Democrats are undecided or unclear, according to The Hill's list, but it's possible some of them could also vote against the House GOP's legislation.
 
That bill also must still be approved by the House, where conservatives are opposing it.
 
House GOP leaders have voiced optimism throughout Thursday that they will be able to pass the bill, but House Freedom Caucus leader Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHouse Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran Live coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy MORE (R-N.C.) has insisted they do not have the 218 votes needed.
 
The government would shut down on Saturday without a new funding bill.
 
The Senate could take its first vote on the bill as soon as Thursday evening, though the chamber's rulebook would allow opponents to delay a first vote until early Saturday morning — past the shutdown deadline. 
 
GOP leadership signaled on Thursday that they would move forward with the House bill as they angle to blame the shutdown on Democrats.
 
"We can pass a noncontroversial bipartisan bill to keep the government open or Democrats in Congress can manufacture a crisis and force a government shutdown over the entirely unrelated issue, the entirely unrelated issue of illegal immigration, which we have until March at the very least to resolve," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE (R-Ky.) said. 
 
But Democrats counter that Republicans left them out of the negotiating process and want concessions on issues ranging from health care spending to immigration. 
 
A bipartisan group of senators has floated passing a days-long continuing resolution to buy negotiators more time to work out a deal on the budget and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration is ending. 
 
But Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm GOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, shot down the proposal leaving a GOP caucus meeting, calling it a "futile effort" without a larger budget deal.