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Pelosi: Democrats Won't Help GOP Pass 3-Week DHS Funding Bill (Video)

"Ineptitude," "staggering failure of leadership" and "amateur hour." Those were the words House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used Friday morning to describe the current state of House Republicans. At her weekly news conference, the California Democrat slammed GOP leadership for proceeding with a three-week continuing resolution to float Department of Homeland Security operations, rather than taking up the Senate-passed bill to fully fund the agency through the end of the fiscal year. She said House Republicans' decision would "prolong this manufactured crisis ... and endanger the security of the American people." As for whether House Democrats would help shore up the votes for the CR and the subsequent motion to go to conference with the Senate, Pelosi said her caucus "will not dignify House Republicans' toxic immigrant riders." Republicans are on their own on the DHS funding continuing resolution, Pelosi says. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) With the DHS set to shut down in a matter of hours, it's not currently clear whether Republicans will be able to shore up the votes to pass a CR without Democrats' help. Late-Friday morning, members of the conservative and fledgling House Freedom Caucus, who see the DHS funding bill as perhaps their best opportunity to rein in the president's executive action on immigration, were huddling on how they would vote and what they would do. On Thursday night, plenty of GOP hardliners were already prepared to vote against the CR on grounds that it would not explicitly block the immigration executive actions, and doubted that the Senate would agree to conference to hash out differences. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has ruled out the possibility of securing the votes to establish a formal conference committee. Still, many House Republicans are trying to convince colleagues that a shutdown of DHS would be worse than kicking the can down the road for three more weeks to buy more time. They also say that the pending court ruling in Texas to stall implementation of the immigration orders could be decided during that 15-day legislative window — and could go in the GOP's favor. Still, Republicans are skeptical that anything will change in that timeframe and punting will just leave members back where they started. “What’s the point?” Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania, asked Thursday night. “Bad tactics yield bad outcomes,” he said. “Self-delusion yields self-destruction. We have been engaged to this point in tactical malpractice and at some point we are going to vote on the negotiated homeland security appropriations bill.” Matt Fuller contributed to this report. Related: New Tea Party Caucus Chairman: DHS Fight Could Break the GOP House GOP Faces Another Whip Test on DHS Punt Boehner's Kiss for DHS Luck? The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.   The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.