Lautenberg: Republicans brewing a toxic tea with budget cuts

"The Republicans in the House would rather shut down government than budge off their foul schemes," he said. " 'Shut it down.' That was their mantra.

"They don't care their cuts will hurt children," the senator added.  

If a deal to fund the government is not struck before midnight Friday, the government will shut down. House Republicans and Senate Democrats remain in negotiations.

More in Senate

Dems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle

Read more »