By Erik Wasson - 05/09/13 04:59 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid10 most expensive House races McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos MORE (D-Nev.) on Thursday refused to apologize for calling Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: On the fringe FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Presidential hopefuls still bank on retail politics MORE (R-Texas) a “schoolyard bully.”
Asked whether he’d respond to Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeThe impact of silence: The incarceration of children who have committed no crime Fidelity denies lobbying for student loan tax break Cruz, Lee question legality of Iran payment 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.”