Dem senator: Tom Cotton 'wants a shutdown in the worst way'

Dem senator: Tom Cotton 'wants a shutdown in the worst way'
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Trump defends using DOD funds on border wall: 'Some of the generals think that this is more important' MORE (D-Hawaii) on Wednesday faulted Republicans, and Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown 'Morning Joe' host quizzes Howard Schultz on price of a box of Cheerios MORE (Ark.) in particular, for bringing the government to the brink of a shutdown.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a bipartisan pair of senators had been under the impression they'd reached a deal on immigration reform that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE could support — until they attended a now-infamous White House meeting that also included Cotton and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), both immigration hard-liners. 

It was in that meeting that Trump reportedly made reference to immigrants from "shithole countries."

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Schatz noted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the looming shutdown as issues Republicans have not been willing to work to solve. 

“We are willing to work with them, but it’s impossible when they act this crazy,” Schatz tweeted. 

Congress must pass a spending bill by midnight Friday to avert a government shutdown. Democratic leaders have indicated they won’t support a bill that doesn’t include protections for DACA recipients. 

The Trump administration announced last year it would rescind DACA, which allows certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to remain here and work without fear of deportation.

Republican leaders, however, have expressed opposition to including immigration reform in any spending bill, prompting speculation a short-term spending bill will be the only solution to keep the government open.

Cotton, who favors more aggressive immigration reform than what has been proposed, has been at the center of controversy surrounding Trump's alleged dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries.”

Cotton and Perdue initially said they did not recall Trump using the vulgarity, but later clarified that they did not hear the word at all. 

Cotton on Sunday attacked Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown brawl Overnight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run MORE (D-Ill.), saying he misrepresenting what happened at the meeting.