Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday rejected the House GOP's latest effort to fund the government.
Reid said Senate Democrats would not agree to fund only parts of the federal government, casting the House GOP proposal as a "wacky" idea from the Tea Party.
The House is scheduled to vote today on three bills that would fund national parks and monuments, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington, D.C.'s government, respectively. They would leave other parts of the government closed down.
The GOP effort is intended to cast Democrats as the party opposed to funding the government.
The three bills are being brought up in the House under a suspension of rules, which means they will need two-thirds majority to pass. Since that would require a strong Democratic vote, they are likely to fail.
Reid said the government could open quickly if Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (R-Ohio) brought a funding bill to the floor that funded the entire government and did not include attacks on the healthcare law.
“He could reopen the government in a matter of minutes if [BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE] just stood up to the Tea Party,” Reid said.
Reid said Senate Democrats also support veterans and national parks, but he “won’t be forced to pick between parks and medical research.”
It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1997.