House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats who took control of the chamber last week plan to advance a bill to immediately reopen the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several other agencies that have been in partial shutdown mode since Dec. 22. . . .
In a countermove, the Trump administration said on Tuesday that even without a new shot of funding, the IRS would somehow make sure . . . [tax] refund checks get sent.