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 SchatzOvernight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site Warren wants companies to disclose more about climate change impacts Congress just failed our nation’s veterans when it comes to medical marijuana MORE (D-Hawaii) on Wednesday faulted Republicans, and Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSprint/T-Mobile deal must not allow China to threaten US security GOP senators condemn 'vulgar' messages directed at Collins over Kavanaugh GOP turns its fire on Google 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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (D-Ill.), saying he misrepresenting what happened at the meeting.