Rather than make another attempt to reopen the entire federal government with one funding bill, House Democrats are planning to pass spending bills for individual agencies and departments according to the Associated Press.
Crediting Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the idea, the Associated Press reports that Democrats will first pass a bill to ensure that tax refunds aren't delayed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds. That effort is designed to squeeze Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing increasingly anxious about the extended shutdown.
Among the Republicans expressing concerns was Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should take up bills from the Democratic-led House.
I had not thought of this possibility myself and I have to say it seems like genius.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may refuse to hold votes on individual spending bills just as he has refused to hold a vote on an comprehensive bill, but it will be up to him to explain why he's personally preventing Americans from receiving their refunds or other services.
Trump and the GOP are not going to win this fight.