Harry Reid: Boehner being ‘bossed around by a bunch of freshmen’

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 10:36 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) jabbed at House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) after he accused the Majority Leader of having no plan to cut spending.

“That’s tough talk from someone who is being bossed around by a bunch of freshmen,” Reid’s spokesman Jon Summers said in a statement. “It’s surprising that the Speaker of the House is unaware that the Senate is voting on a bill to fund the government and cut spending this morning.”

Reid was likely referring to the 87 freshmen Republicans in the House, an ideologically-driven group that appears willing to take on the party leadership.

In a speech Wednesday morning, Boehner said he’s “not sure whether Senator Reid has a plan to cut spending and keep the government running,” according to advance excerpts obtained by The Hill. “If he does, I think the American people would be interested in seeing it. If he doesn’t, I think he owes the American people an explanation.”

The Senate is poised to vote on a bill Wednesday cutting $4 billion in spending and keeping the government solvent through March 18. The House approved it Tuesday.

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