Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDem senator tears up in farewell speech Senate is choosing bureaucrats over Veterans GOP eager to see Harry Reid go MORE (D-Nev.) on Thursday refused to apologize for calling Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzPentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine Markos Moulitsas: Kill the filibuster Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test MORE (R-Texas) a “schoolyard bully.”
Asked whether he’d respond to Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeSenate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas Senate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Will Trump back women’s museum? MORE’s (R-Utah) request that he apologize, Reid offered a terse “no.”
Lee also said Reid’s insult violated Senate rules that prohibit personal insults on the floor.
Reid made the remarks on Monday after Cruz blocked the creation of a House-Senate budget conference committee. Cruz had wanted Democrats to agree to no new taxes in the budget before the conference started.
Reid said because Cruz was on the losing side of the budget debate, he wanted to hold up the process and put limits on conferees.
“My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully,” Reid said Monday evening. “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 he changes the rules that way no one wins except the bully who tries to indicate to people that he has won.”