Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE on Friday responded to a tweet from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch MORE (R-Ky.) by thanking the senator for "the ransom note."

McConnell had earlier on Friday sent a tweet saying the "Democrats have a choice to make" on funding the government before a midnight deadline and that the choice "should be a no-brainer."


Perez responded to McConnell, who was offering Democrats a choice between protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients or Children's Health Insurance Program recipients in a bill that would prevent the government from shutting down.

"#Senate Democrats have a choice to make. This should be a no-brainer..." McConnell tweeted Friday, noting that DACA expires in March whereas CHIP will be defunded at midnight.

"Thanks for the ransom note, Mitch — but we can do both," Perez responded.

Republicans and Democrats have been in talks to avert a government shutdown for weeks, with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump says he will meet with Schumer 'ASAP' after border visit Dem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties MORE (D-N.Y) being summoned to the White House Friday afternoon to speak one-on-one with President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE and further negotiate.

"We made some progress but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussion will continue," Schumer said of the meeting with the president.

"The president told him to go back and talk to [Speaker] Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and work it out," said Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (R-Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.

Speaking from the Senate floor earlier in the day, McConnell said, "I wish for all our sakes that the Democratic leader would figure out what he actually wants. I feel bad for his own members. He's painted them into a corner."

He added that Democrats should "come back to reality."