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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

GOP House and Senate leaders infighting on issues

Raw Story

House Republican leaders had some harsh words for their Senate counterparts Tuesday, RAW STORY has learned.

First reported in today's issue of Roll Call, House leaders moved to make clear their feelings about important pieces of legislation under consideration by the Senate.

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) specifically mentioned a plan proposed in the Senate to issue $100 rebate checks to taxpayers to help blunt the rising cost of gas and fuel. Boehner called the proposal 'insulting.'

Excerpts from the registration restricted article follow:

Hoping to put their stamp on a pair of fast-moving and controversial issues, House Republican leaders lobbed harsh words across the Capitol on Tuesday, criticizing the size of the Senate supplemental spending bill and a Senate proposal to give taxpayers a $100 rebate to offset high gas prices.

In neither case did House GOP leaders direct their criticism at Senate leaders personally. But both instances reflected a heightened desire on the part of House Republicans to make their views heard on well-publicized issues that are moving through the other body.

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) used the strongest language of the day during his weekly press briefing when he emphasized the importance of using market forces to bring down energy prices and dismissed a now-scuttled proposal by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to give out a $100 rebate (though Boehner was apparently unaware that it was Frist’s idea).

“I just think that trying to satisfy voters with $100 vouchers is insulting,” Boehner said. “I didn’t know it was Frist. It doesn’t make any difference who it is. I’m not referring to him. I don’t like the proposal, as you can probably tell.”