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."
 
 
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In an extraordinary, televised meeting on Tuesday, Trump told Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerUS women's soccer team reignites equal pay push Blue Dogs look to move forward on infrastructure project Democratic strategist says Republicans are turning immigration debate into 'political football' MORE (D-N.Y.) and the likely next House Speaker, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' Pelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill 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 ColeEx-GOP lawmaker says Trump 'illegitimate president,' should be impeached Ex-GOP lawmaker pens op-ed calling for Trump to be impeached House panel approves language revoking 2001 war authority as Iran tensions spike MORE (R-Ok.), an appropriator. "But it would be an exercise in futility,” he added, noting that it would fail in the Senate.