Congress

Report: Dems Will Pass Individual Bills to Reopen Government

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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.

  • muselet

    Mitch McConnell can’t legislate to save his life, but he has an uncanny knack for bringing the Senate to a halt.

    I’m sure he’s working tirelessly to find—or create—the most inefficient way of considering bills coming from the House. He’ll then stand in front of the cameras and solemnly intone that The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body won’t be rushed into passing legislation.

    The Ds’ tactic might work with a less shameless Majority Leader, but not with McConnell.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Apparently Rump has asked aides for a plan to give up without actually looking like it. I think we should make this as difficult as possible..first, go on media as loudly as possible saying that Rump is now giving in, he’s giving up, what a huge, presidency ending defeat this is. Make it as embarrassing and inflaming as possible, hopefully making him do something even stupider. If this is what tanks him with his base, let’s make it so obvious that even the red hats understand what’s happening.

    • I’m worried, though, that tonight’s fifteen minutes of hate speech is going to make any capitulation on his part untenable. He’s preparing to paint himself into an even smaller corner.

      • katanahamon

        Since he’s doomed to failure, that’s only good news for everyone. I could easily see him resigning in disgust, saying “I’m not allowed to make America great again” or some such nonsense. Keep the pressure on..

  • katanahamon

    Stay strong, Dems..it’s time to expose these frauds.

  • simpfan

    “Among the Republicans expressing concerns was Sen. Susan Collins”

    More worthless brow-furrowing from Susan!