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 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval 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 SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y) being summoned to the White House Friday afternoon to speak one-on-one with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats claim victory as Trump gets battered in court Juan Williams: Anti-abortion extremism is on the rise Trump feels squeeze in tax return fight 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 CornynTrump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats 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."