That objection led to a delay in the Senate of several minutes in which Cruz and Reid could be seen talking together on the Senate floor, as Reid sat in his seat.

The discussion led to an apparent agreement between the two senators on the nominations. Soon after, Reid stood up and again asked for approval, and met with no objection.

Cruz's office said later in the day that Cruz objected in order to ensure he could speak for up to 20 minutes about his requests to either accept the House-passed continuing resolution that defunds ObamaCare, or to ensure that any amendments to that resolution need 60 votes to pass. Cruz later made those requests, which were rejected by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.).

The nominations are Ann Ravel and Lee Goodman to be members of the Federal Election Commission, Evan Ryan to be an assistant secretary of state, and Ken Weinstein to be a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

— This story was updated at 5:40 p.m.