Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) dismissed the House GOP's latest plan to take a piecemeal approach to funding the government.
"We're going to wait and see, obviously, what they have to offer," Durbin told reporters on Tuesday. "But that Sen. Ted Cruz is now going to pick his favorite federal agencies to reopen? Come on. Let's get serious about this. There are a lot of agencies of government that need to be open. I'd suggest opening all of them."
Before the government shut down, Cruz had urged House Republicans to pass funding bills for individual agencies if Senate Democrats refused to budge on Obamacare. On Tuesday, House GOP leadership released a plan to approve bills funding part of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the national parks system.