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 McConnellTrump vows to campaign against Murkowski after senator's criticism Senate advances conservation fund bill, House introduces companion Paul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill 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 SchumerGOP lawmaker calls on Senate to confirm Michael Pack as head of US media agency McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump over treatment of protesters House Democrat demands answers from Secret Service about role breaking up White House protests MORE (D-N.Y) being summoned to the White House Friday afternoon to speak one-on-one with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 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 chairmen stake out turf in Obama-era probes Cornyn presses DOJ to release results of investigation into Larry Nassar probe Minority caucuses call for quick action on police reform 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."