House GOP may try vote on $5B for Trump border wall

House Republican leaders are contemplating bringing legislation to the floor that would provide the $5 billion President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE is demanding for a wall on the Mexican border, even though it is far from clear they can win 218 Republican votes for the legislation.

The idea is being considered in the wake of a White House meeting where Trump said he would not blame Democrats for a shutdown over the $5 billion demand because he would be glad to take “the mantle” of responsibility.

That event stunned some Republicans, who saw the president as giving away leverage in the shutdown talks. Congress has until Dec. 21 to fund parts of the government and prevent a partial shutdown.

A GOP leadership aide said plans and timing are still in flux, but that bringing a bill with $5 billion in funding to the floor is an option that is being discussed.

At the White House meeting between Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts Ellen DeGeneres buys cheesecakes from furloughed federal workers who were baking to make ends meet Trump teases 'major announcement' about shutdown on Saturday MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump blasts Pelosi for wanting to leave country during shutdown The Senate should host the State of the Union Dem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown MORE (D-N.Y.), Pelosi said she does not believe Republicans have the 218 votes needed to pass the measure and goaded Trump into trying.

But a top GOP aide told The Hill that leadership is confident they'll have the votes.

If the House could pass the bill, it would likely put pressure on Senate Democrats, who have said they won’t support anything beyond the  $1.6 billion agreed on for border security.

In a similar shutdown fight earlier this year, Democrats were largely blamed for a shutdown after they blocked a House-passed funding bill.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus took an official position Monday they could support a funding bill if it includes wall funding and the closure of “asylum loopholes.”