Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidLawmakers eye early exit from Washington McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says Reeling Dems look for new leader 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 CantorChamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat MORE’s name before a reporter shouted it out.
While there have been no reports of squabbling between Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRepublicans raise red flags about ObamaCare repeal strategy Overnight Healthcare: GOP in talks about helping insurers after ObamaCare repeal Ryan on Trump: 'We're not looking back' 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 AmashGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency Flag burning is just another PR stunt for the media to cover Trump tweets about flag burning, setting off a battle MORE (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertThe Hill's 12:30 Report Former GOP congressman lobbying for electric cars Senate races heating up 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: