House Republican leaders are considering bringing legislation to the ground that would bring the $ 5 billion President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war powers vote for rest of Congress Trump says he considers 10 to 12 contenders for Chief of Staff Michael Flynn asks court to save him from imprisonment MORE is demanding for a wall on the Mexican border, even though it is far from clear that 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 the Democrats for stopping the $ 5 billion call because he would like to take "the cloak" of responsibility.
That event stunned some Republicans, who saw the president as giving away leverage in the shutdown talks. The Congress has until December 21 to finance parts of the government and to prevent a partial closure.
An assistant from GOP leadership said that the plans and timing are still on the move, but that a bill with $ 5 billion in funding goes into the bottom is an option that is being discussed.
On the meeting between the White House between Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D & # 39; Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Dem rebels near deal on deadline limits for party leaders Pelosi divides Democrats with deadline proposal Oval Office clashes ups chance of shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) And Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, Democratic leaders go toe-to-toe at White House Overnight Energy – sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board – Trump sets off to relax Obama's water rule | EPA document contradicts data on water supply regulations Manchin tops Dem on Senate Energy panel Coal-defender Manchin appointed top Dem in Senate Energy Committee MORE (D-N.Y.), Pelosi said she does not believe that Republicans have the 218 votes needed to take the lead and threw Trump on the try.
But a top GOP employee told The Hill that leadership is convinced they will have the votes.
If the House could take the bill, it would probably put pressure on Senate Democrats who said they would not agree with anything other than the $ 1.6 billion agreed for border security.
In a similar shutdown battle earlier this year, the Democrats were largely blamed for a shutdown after they had blocked a House-passed Finance Act.
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus officially took the position on Monday that they could support a financing law if they funded the wall and closed the & # 39; asylum gaps & # 39; include.