Reid stands by remarks about GOP infighting

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHillary's ObamaCare problem Sanders tests Wasserman Schultz Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo 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 CantorJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince The Trail 2016: Dems struggle for unity Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE’s name before a reporter shouted it out.

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“Thanks,” Reid continued. “And BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns 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 McCaskillDems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Party chairs see reversal of fortune Why Wasserman Schultz must go 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 BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanHispanic lawmakers face painful decision on Puerto Rico Sessions: Ryan 'needs to' endorse Trump soon Dole: Gingrich should be Trump's running mate 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 AmashLibertarian looks for anti-Trump bump The Hill's 12:30 Report Ten third-party candidate names at top of Never Trump’s list 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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