While the person designated to deliver the rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address typically enjoys a higher profile in the days after the speech, the pre-emptive criticism is less common.
For his part, Ryan batted off the criticism Monday and took particular aim at Reid.
“We appreciate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s effort to contrast Chairman Ryan’s invitation for solutions with the Majority Leader’s non-solution to exacerbate our uncontrolled fiscal trajectory,” spokesman Conor Sweeney said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.