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Conservatives balk over funding bill ahead of shutdown 

A growing number of Senate conservatives are coming out against the mammoth government funding bill as Congress barrels toward the third potential shutdown of the year.

Several GOP senators announced on Thursday that they would oppose the measure, blasting it as wasteful spending that will blow a hole in the deficit.

"Government by last minute, take-it-or-leave-it spending bills with no time for debate or amendments allowed. This is no way to run a government," Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Bernie Sanders: US should pull out of war in Yemen if Saudis killed journalist Senators warn Trump that Saudi relationship is on the line MORE (R-Utah) said in a Facebook post.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProtesters confront Cruz at airport over Kavanaugh vote O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage MORE (R-Texas), a perennial "no" vote on spending matters, announced in a statement that he would also oppose the measure.

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“The disastrous elements of this bill are almost too numerous to list," he said, adding that it was "drafted by the swamp in the dark."

The bourgeoning opposition isn't expected to sink the measure. But it underscores the division within the Republican Party when it comes to spending.

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordCollusion judgment looms for key Senate panel GOP loads up lame-duck agenda as House control teeters The Hill's Morning Report — Kavanaugh, Ford saga approaches bitter end MORE (R-Okla.) called the more than 2,000 page bill "another symptom of Washington’s sickness" and "no way to govern."

“Washington has reached a new low. ... This is beyond pathetic. It is irresponsible, and a danger to our Republic," said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

Perdue's statement came hours after he told reporters that he was undecided on whether or not he would oppose the bill, noting it includes additional defense funding. 

Congress has until midnight Friday to pass the legislation and prevent a third government shutdown in as many months. 

But when the Senate could act remains unclear as leadership struggles to win consent from every senator, which is required if they want to speed the vote up.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (R-Ky.) has perhaps been the most vocal opponent to the spending bill.

He spent his day Thursday tweeting his progress in reading the legislation, while most lawmakers were in the dark on whether he would hold up a speedy vote on the measure.

"Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses — and parties. $1.3 trillion. Busts budget caps. 2200 pages, with just hours to try to read it," he said toward the beginning of his tweet spree.