On Monday, Reid asked for a unanimous consent agreement to form a conference committee between the House and Senate to work out the major differences in their budget resolutions. But Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Cruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night MORE (R-Texas) objected to Reid’s request.
“Republicans refuse to play the game unless we let them win,” Reid said. “The rules are set. We know what the rules are so let’s get down to work and move forward. … [But] like schoolyard bullies they’ll take the ball and go home.”
Reid criticized Republicans for demanding “regular order” on a budget process for years, but now that they’ve got their wish, they are backing away out of fear.