Reid: GOP afraid of 'backlash from radical Tea Party' on budget conference

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 CruzHot air balloon crash kills 16 in Texas 100 days to go in volatile race Voting Trump because of the Supreme Court isn't enough MORE (R-Texas) objected to Reid’s request.

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Reid reiterated his comments from Monday, calling Cruz and his Republican colleagues “schoolyard bullies.” Cruz demanded that the conference report not be used to raise the debt ceiling or taxes in order to get an agreement.

“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.

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