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Republicans may attempt to vote on $5 billion in funding for border wall

House Republican leaders are contemplating bringing legislation to the floor that would provide the $5 billion President Trump is demanding for a wall on the Mexican border, even though it is far from clear they can win 218 Republican votes for the legislation.


The idea is being considered in the wake of a White House meeting where Trump said he would not blame Democrats for a shutdown over the $5 billion demand, and that he would be glad to take “the mantle” of responsibility.

That event stunned some Republicans, who saw the president as giving away leverage in the shutdown talks. Congress has until December 21 to fund parts of the government and prevent a partial shutdown.

A GOP leadership aide said plans and timing are still in flux, but that bringing a bill with $5 billion in funding to the floor is an option that is being discussed.

At the White House meeting between Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Pelosi said she does not believe Republicans have the 218 votes needed to pass the measure and goaded Trump into trying.

But a top GOP aide told The Hill that leadership is confident they'll have the votes.

If the House could pass the bill, it would likely put pressure on Senate Democrats, who have said they won’t support anything beyond the  $1.6 billion agreed on for border security.

In a similar shutdown fight earlier this year, Democrats were largely blamed for a shutdown after they blocked a House-passed funding bill.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus took an official position Monday they could support a funding bill if it includes wall funding and the closure of “asylum loopholes.”

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