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Sen. Harry Reid Calls Ted Cruz A 'Schoolyard Bully' on Senate Floor

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Name calling and procrastination aren’t usually acceptable in the workplace, unless of course the workplace is Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called fellow Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “schoolyard bully” on Monday after Cruz’s attempts to delay budget negotiations on the Senate floor.

"My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully," Reid said. "He pushes everybody around and is losing, and instead of playing the game according to the rules, he not only takes the ball home with him but changes the rules. That way no one wins except the bully who tries to indicate to people he has won. We’re asking Republicans to play by the rules and let us go to conference."

The "rules" Reid was referring to is that Senators can either object or not object in their decision to go to conference about budget resolutions. Cruz decided to “reserve the right to object,” a neither-here-nor-there category he decided to create as a way to delay doing the job he was voted in to do. Congressional Democrats have been attempting to move to discuss the budget resolutions, but Republican senators have strongly resisted.

Reid continued, “I object too, but what my friend suggests is fairly ridiculous if you want the truth -- before we go to conference determine what you do and not do in the conference, that's not how we do things around here.”

"I wasn't aware we were in a schoolyard,” Cruz responded.

"There's either an objection or no objection," Reid snipped back at Cruz. "We've had enough of reserving the right to object."

"Reserving the right to object," Cruz said again.

"Mr. President, there is no such thing," Reid said, which finally resulted in Cruz announcing his objection.

Cruz said his problem with the conference is that the Republicans, the minority party in the Senate, would not have “sufficient” (meaning “majority”) input about the debt ceiling and so would like to put off discussions about the debt ceiling, likely until the GOP is back in the majority. 

Sources: Politico, Huffington Post

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