The House’s latest attempt is passing several “piecemeal” measures to fund national parks, the National Guard, veterans programs and the National Institutes of Health, among other things. But Senate Democrats have refused to take those up, saying the entire government needs to be reopened.

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“Chuck E. Cheese calls it Whac-A-Mole,” Durbin said Wednesday referring to the family-fun chain. “That’s what they’re doing in the House.”

The House was voting Wednesday on two more mini-spending bills on military death benefits and Federal Aviation Administration funding.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Republicans see some daylight in midterm polling Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' MORE (R-Ky.) and other Republicans have attempted to call up the House measures numerous times, but Democrats continue to object.

"We have offered 13 different compromises today to reopen the government," Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Energy: Reporters barred from Day 2 of EPA summit | Dems blame Trump for gas price increases | Massachusetts to get new offshore wind farm Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices GOP Senate primary heats up in Montana MORE (R-Ky.) said. "Why don’t we open the parts of government that we agree to."

It's unclear where the fight will go from here as each side becomes more entrenched.