Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCabinet picks boost 2018 Dems Franken emerges as liberal force in hearings GOP eyes new push to break up California court MORE (D-Nev.) is standing by his comments Tuesday that GOP infighting over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations has reached the highest levels of the House, even after some Republicans took to Twitter to accuse him of making up rumors.
“I just got a message here that there's a battle going on between McCarthy and Ryan and the Majority Leader in the House,” Reid said at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, pausing to remember Rep. Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE’s name before a reporter shouted it out.
While there have been no reports of squabbling between Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists expect boom times under Trump Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions MORE (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanObama makes healthcare plea in handoff letter to Trump Chamber's 'State of American Business' only about Big Business Overnight Healthcare: Wounded Price heads toward confirmation | 'Death spiral' debate heats up | House panel to look at ObamaCare replacement bills MORE (R-Wis.), or Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.), Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson told The Hill in an email that Reid did not misspeak.
The criticism is consistent with comments Reid made last week, when he compared Republicans to the New York Jets, saying the GOP doesn't know who its quarterback is.
Boehner has been criticized recently by some in his party for his decision to strip four members - Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashA well-crafted budget amendment can succeed GOP lawmaker on Trump's Lewis tweets: 'Dude, just stop' House passes Mattis waiver, setting up quick confirmation MORE (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertDems launch early '18 attacks on GOP Senate targets Republicans add 13 members to Financial Services, Ways and Means committees The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) – of high-profile committee assignments.
But Republicans deny that any tension exists among House GOP leadership regarding the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, and quickly adopted the hashtag #HarryReidRumors on Twitter.
Rory Cooper, Cantor’s communications director, tweeted:
The Yankees have traded Derek Jeter. #HarryReidRumors— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) December 11, 2012
And Ryan spokesman William Allison linked to a story by The Hill in this tweet: