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On Friday, congressional leaders were summoned to a meeting with the president at the White House. Also in attendance were House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Biden's European trip MORE (R-Ky.), Vice President Biden and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

According to CNN
, BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists MORE made the comment to Reid as he sat on a couch with McConnell outside the Oval Office before the meeting. Reid responded by laughing, although was apparently miffed by Boehner's response. Politico first reported the exchange.

Despite the heated exchange, both Boehner's office and Reid later described the meeting as constructive.

"There was not a lot of hilarity in the meeting, everyone knows how important it is," Reid said in a floor speech. "It was a very serious meeting and it took an extended period of time."

The House approved the Senate fiscal cliff bill Wednesday night on a 257-167 vote. The late-night vote will indefinitely extend the George W. Bush-era tax cuts on all household income under $450,000, extend unemployment insurance and delay automatic spending cuts for another two months.