House Republicans latest attempt to fund parts of the government but not ObamaCare, is to pass small bills funding national parks, the National Guard, veterans programs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Washington, D.C., government. Reid has criticized this plan, saying it’s a transparent, piecemeal approach that won’t work.


“Sen. [Ted] Cruz [R-Texas] is now joint Speaker,” Reid said. “The junior senator from Texas wants to fund everything else but ObamaCare. … The government is closed and it’s closed because they’ve helped close it.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFox News has covered Ocasio-Cortez more than any 2020 Dem besides Warren: analysis Durbin after reading Green New Deal: 'What in the heck is this?' Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle MORE (R-Ky.) and other members of the Senate GOP leadership asked for unanimous consent to pass the House funding measures, but Senate Democratic leadership objected.

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin: Trump pressuring acting AG in Cohen probe is 'no surprise' Durbin after reading Green New Deal: 'What in the heck is this?' Sanders: 'Not crazy' about nixing the Senate filibuster MORE (D-Ill.) said he’d offer Republicans “an even better deal,” by asking that they agree to the Senate-passed “clean” CR.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynO’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate O'Rourke mulling another Senate run as well as presidential bid Texas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes MORE (R-Texas) accused Democrats of engaging in a “kabuki dance” because Senate Democrats won’t accept House Republican measures. 

"The House has offered numerous proposals only to be given the Heisman," Cornyn said.

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1996.