Senators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown

Democratic and Republican senators told Hill.TV on Wednesday that they are prepared to spend Christmas break in Washington if there’s a partial government shutdown.

“I've told my wife not to plan on my being home during Christmas and New Year's,” said Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain Sixteen years later, let's finally heed the call of the 9/11 Commission  Senate Dems introduce bill demanding report on Khashoggi killing MORE (D-Del.), adding that he thinks there’s “zero chance” the Senate would be in session on Christmas day.

But he said there’s a 50-50 chance of working the final week of the year.

“It depends on who blinks,” he said, referring to a standoff between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE and congressional leaders like Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight After Mueller, Democrats need to avoid the Javert trap More than a half-million web articles published on Russia, Trump, Mueller since investigation began: analysis MORE (Calif.) over funding for a border wall.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNunes on Mueller report: 'We can just burn it up' 18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report Lawmakers clash over whether conclusion of Mueller investigation signals no collusion MORE (R-Texas) seemed less certain about the prospects of working on Christmas.

"I certainly hope not, but the honest answer is I don't know,” he said. “It's going to come down to the president, it's going to come down to Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE. Either one can single-handedly force a shutdown.”

He referred to Tuesday’s Oval Office “fireworks” between Democratic leaders and Trump as "must-see TV.”

During the televised portion of the meeting, Trump promised to partially shutter the government if Congress fails to approve $5 billion in funding for a border wall

The deadline to prevent about 25 percent of the government from closing is Dec. 21.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThis week: Congress set for next stage of Mueller probe fight Five takeaways from Trump's budget Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Trump unveils 2020 budget | Calls for cuts to NIH | Proposes user fees on e-cigs | Azar heads to Capitol to defend blueprint | Key drug price bill gets hearing this week MORE (R-Ala.) said negotiators are at “an impasse.”

“We are so close but we're far away too,” he said.

When asked if Trump was on the right course in promising a shutdown over border wall funding, Shelby said, "That's not my course. I don't want to shut the government down. I want to do everything I can to avoid it.”

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamConservation remains a core conservative principle Graham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight MORE (R-S.C.), who applauded the president’s tough stance with Democratic leaders, said he is so “energized” by the debate over the border because Democrats supported similar wall funding under previous administrations.

“In 2013, we had a $42 billion appropriation -- $8 billion of it was for fencing and wall,” he said. “Top say that you can't spend $5 or $10 billion probably more than that on fencing and wall is not realistic.”

“What's got me so energized here is that we've done in the past more than what the president’s asking for -- he's not the bad guy here,” said Graham, who’s a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Democrats like Coons and Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Defense: Trump to reverse North Korea sanctions imposed by Treasury | Move sparks confusion | White House says all ISIS territory in Syria retaken | US-backed forces report heavy fighting | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Hillicon Valley: Google takes heat at privacy hearing | 2020 Dems to debate 'monopoly power' | GOP rips net neutrality bill | Warren throws down gauntlet over big tech | New scrutiny for Trump over AT&T merger MORE (Md.) pushed back on Graham’s argument, saying Trump promised that the wall wouldn’t cost U.S. taxpayers any money.

“It’s worth reminding people that the president said Mexico was going to pay for it. We wouldn't be in this situation if he had made good on that campaign promise,” Van Hollen said. “Everyone is in favor of border security -- we need strong and secure borders. This is about smart use of taxpayer dollars."

The standoff over funding is bigger than a border wall and neither side is bluffing, GOP Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) told reporters.

Kennedy called Trump’s promise of a shutdown "as serious as four heart attacks and a stroke.”

"I don't think Mrs. Pelosi is going to give an inch because she's worried about retaining or getting again her Speakership,” Kennedy said. “If I've learned anything here it's that the thing that most people care about the most is their job.”

Kennedy also said he’s ready to spend Christmas at work, if need be.

"I've got a microwave and I'm going to use it to heat up the turkey because I think I'm going to be here,” he said.

 —Molly K. Hooper