Reid stands by remarks about GOP infighting

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidKoch network super-PAC launches ad buys in Wisconsin, Nevada Trump: 'I'd have to think about' Cruz for Supreme Court Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell 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 CantorRepublicans who vow to never back Trump NRCC upgrades 11 'Young Guns' candidates Cruz, Kasich join forces to stop Trump MORE’s name before a reporter shouted it out.

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“Thanks,” Reid continued. “And BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner returns to the spotlight Cruz confronts Trump supporter Graham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' MORE. And that's the problem going on. Boehner's having trouble finding help from his leadership as to what they're to do. But, the American people are suffering, and I repeat what Maria - I'm sorry, what Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillBill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims Senate Dem takes on drugmaker: ‘It’s time to slaughter some hogs’ Week ahead: Drug pricing back in focus MORE said, the Speaker has to make an important decision, whether he's going to save his speakership or the country.”

While there have been no reports of squabbling between Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner returns to the spotlight Cruz confronts Trump supporter Graham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' MORE (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul RyanPaul Ryan‘It’s a King Kong vs. Godzilla kind of race’ Boehner returns to the spotlight Pelosi’s Puerto Rico dilemma 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 AmashRepublicans who vow to never back Trump Trump Capitol Hill surrogate says Cruz should drop out Lawmakers react to Villanova's buzzer-beater NCAA win MORE (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertSenate races heating up Tea Party class reassesses record Lawmakers to DOD: Reject 'no touch' policy sought by 9/11 plotter 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:

And Ryan spokesman William Allison linked to a story by The Hill in this tweet:




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