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 McConnellKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump hints at new executive action on immigration, wants filibuster-proof Senate majority The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump 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 DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment 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 CornynKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle GOP mulls having outside counsel question Kavanaugh, Ford 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.