Shutdown 'more than possible,' says top Senate appropriator

The chances of a partial government shutdown next Friday are "more than possible," according to Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyHouse pushes back schedule to pass spending bills Top Republican says Trump greenlit budget fix for VA health care GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump MORE, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
 
"I don't think it's inevitable. It's probably more than possible right now," he told reporters in the Capitol. "It'll shut down unless we resolve some things."
 
Unless Congress and President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE can reach a deal, largely centered around the president's demand to fund a wall along the southern border, seven spending bills will lapse after Dec. 21, shutting down the agencies governed in those bills.
 
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In an extraordinary, televised meeting on Tuesday, Trump told Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFederal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in VA hospitals mostly drop hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment MORE (D-N.Y.) and the likely next House Speaker, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO MORE (D-Calif.), that he would be "proud" to shut down the government. Trump wants $5 billion in wall funding in the Department of Homeland Security bill.
 
The Democrats offered a continuing resolution on the bill, which would maintain the 2018 funding level of $1.3 billion for border fencing through 2019, alongside full passage or continuing resolutions for the other six bills.
 
Since then, there has been little progress. 
 
"We're at an impasse at the moment. We've got nine more days," Shelby said, adding that he had spoken with Schumer. Pelosi and Trump also had a brief phone call following Tuesday's meeting.
 
House Republicans are mulling a floor vote for a bill with $5 billion in wall funding as a show of support for Trump, but have yet to decide whether to move ahead. 
 
It is unclear whether they have the votes to pass such a bill, a topic of contention that arose between Trump and Pelosi in Tuesday's meeting.
 
“I think we could" pass such a bill, said Rep. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeHouse FISA bill suddenly on life support House GOP lawmaker breaks with party to back proxy voting House conservatives voice concerns over minority rights during remote hearings MORE (R-Ok.), an appropriator. "But it would be an exercise in futility,” he added, noting that it would fail in the Senate.