(CNN) – As President Barack Obama flew to Tennessee Tuesday to announce a new proposal to spur job growth, Republicans in Washington were already characterizing the plan as a one-sided dud.
On Twitter, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said his office first learned of the so-called "grand bargain" proposal through media reports.
In case you were curious, we heard about this "grand bargain" offer from the AP wire.—
Brendan Buck (@Brendan_Buck) July 30, 2013
While House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, did get a heads up, a senior House GOP leadership aide said, but noted that no one in the lower chamber's Republican leadership – either lawmakers or their staffs - got any calls or briefing on the Obama's proposal.
But two administration sources said they called and left a message for Boehner Monday night, and got a return call from his office Tuesday.
In a statement, Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel wrote, "The President has always supported corporate tax reform. Republicans want to help families and small businesses, too. This proposal allows President Obama to support President Obama's position on taxes and President Obama's position on spending, while leaving small businesses and American families behind."
On the Senate side, a congressional GOP source said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell got a phone call from the White House late Monday night with a brief description of the president's jobs proposal. McConnell himself cited the phone call on the Senate floor Tuesday, but said the plan itself was old news.
"While I understand he is looking for headlines here, reports indicate that the policy he intends to announce doesn't exactly qualify as news," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. "It is just a further left version of a widely panned plan he already proposed two years ago, this time with extra goodies for tax-and-spend liberals."
The dispute comes after months after Obama's "charm offensive" with members of Congress, which involved meals and a round of golf with a total of 25 GOP senators.
He visited the Capitol on three consecutive days is March, visiting the Republican and Democratic blocs in both chambers.
He'll return to the Capitol on Wednesday – but this time, his meetings are only with the Democrats.
CNN's Jessica Yellin, Deirdre Walsh and Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.