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Reid: Cruz’s speech ‘a big waste of time’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the only way to describe Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) 21-hour speech was “a big waste of time.”

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Cruz spent nearly 22 hours voicing his distain for ObamaCare, which the House spending measure defunds. He took the floor at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday and didn’t yield until noon Wednesday.

“It’s been interesting to watch ... [but] it’s been a big waste of time,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “I still have hope that we can avoid a government shutdown, but every hour we waste of this floor makes that less possible.”

Reid is expected to advance H.J.Res. 59 with an amendment to remove the House language that defunds ObamaCare. A vote to end debate on the motion to proceed is expected around 1 p.m. Wednesday. That vote will start a new 30-hour clock for debate on the motion to proceed.

Reid said the House is waiting for the Senate to act.

The government will shut down Oct. 1 if Congress doesn't approve some form of government funding measure.

Reid accused Cruz of trying to force a government shutdown.

“We have a new Tea Party effort to strike government. ... It is the new anarchy,” Reid said. “I hope we don’t have to waste more time prior to sending it to the House.”