By Erik Wasson - 05/09/13 04:59 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidMellman: Give positive a chance Koch network super-PAC launches ad buys in Wisconsin, Nevada Trump: 'I'd have to think about' Cruz for Supreme Court MORE (D-Nev.) on Thursday refused to apologize for calling Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump: GOP critics can come back after my 'two terms' Newest election experts: Norquist’s young daughters Trump to stick with Muslim ban MORE (R-Texas) a “schoolyard bully.”
Asked whether he’d respond to Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeReid: Cruz, Lee on Supreme Court should 'scare you' Cruz: Boehner unleashed his ‘inner Trump’ Senate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote 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.”