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 ShelbyCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Bipartisan group of senators will urge Trump to reopen government for 3 weeks Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight 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 TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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 SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (D-N.Y.) and the likely next House Speaker, Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal 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 ColeBottom Line Dems hit GOP on health care with additional ObamaCare lawsuit vote Overnight Health Care: House files motion to defend ObamaCare in lawsuit | Trump Medicaid director leaving after three months MORE (R-Ok.), an appropriator. "But it would be an exercise in futility,” he added, noting that it would fail in the Senate.