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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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.

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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 PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSaagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? Johnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' 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.”