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Shutdown 'more than possible,' says top Senate appropriator

 
"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 TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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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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 report says lawmakers could securely cast remote votes amid pandemic Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (R-Ok.), an appropriator. "But it would be an exercise in futility,” he added, noting that it would fail in the Senate.