Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) late Thursday night said the lack of leadership from House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' MORE (R-Ohio) in dealing with the "hard right" members of the House is why there is no budget deal and why the government may shut down after funding expires Friday.

"Speaker BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' MORE is somebody we all have a great deal of affection for and sympathy for," Schumer said on the Senate floor. "But you know, Mr. President, the hour is nigh and leadership is called for. And to allow this small group … to dominate everything that is happening and hurt millions of innocent people is not leadership."

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According to Schumer, a shutdown is looming "because this hard right in the House of Representatives — some of them members of the Tea Party, others of them allies of the Tea Party — want to satisfy the agenda of the extreme right wing."

Putting the blame for the budget stalemate on an intra-Republican feud has been an often-repeated part of the Democrats' message — Schumer is in charge of that operation.

Schumer said that despite Boehner's comments that no numbers have been agreed to yet, negotiators have essentially reached a deal on numbers, and the Speaker is hesitant to announce this for fear of drawing criticism from Republicans who want more aggressive cuts.

"The bottom line is, the number and what composes that number of cuts is virtually agreed to," Schumer said. "The only reason there is not a handshake is Speaker Boehner and his representatives don't want it to appear the numbers are signed off on."

Schumer added that he has heard "all the details" of the negotiations from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info Poll: 47 percent back limits on Senate filibuster MORE (D-Nev.).

He also noted that many Republicans are saying that unless they get their way, a shutdown would be acceptable. "I've heard Sarah Palin talk about the shutdown being a good thing, I've heard Newt Gingrich talk about the shutdown being a good thing," he said. "Have you heard a single Democratic elected official say it? No."