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 TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech 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 SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (D-N.Y.) and the likely next House Speaker, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles California GOP candidate arrested on stalking charges 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 ColeTrump's border wall hangs over spending talks House, Senate reach deal on fiscal 2020 spending figures New hemp trade group presses lawmakers on immigration reform, regs MORE (R-Ok.), an appropriator. "But it would be an exercise in futility,” he added, noting that it would fail in the Senate.