Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas 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 McConnellSchumer tees up key Thursday vote on debt deal House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale 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.
Thanks for the ransom note, Mitch — but we can do both. https://t.co/OXPRWTq646— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) January 19, 2018
Republicans and Democrats have been in talks to avert a government shutdown for weeks, with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBuild Back Better Is bad for the states Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote MORE (D-N.Y) being summoned to the White House Friday afternoon to speak one-on-one with President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection 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 CornynHouse approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike McConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill 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."