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Harry Reid calls Cruz’s 21-hour speech a ‘big waste of time’

As Sen. Ted Cruz seemed to near the end of his long speech on the Senate floor, he clashed with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (The Washington Post)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday called Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Tex.) marathon speech a "big waste of time."

"With all due respect, I'm not sure we learned anything new," Reid said after Cruz's speech ended. "It's been interesting, but it has also been a big waste of time."

Cruz wound up speaking for 21 hours and 19 minutes, wrapping up his comments at noon Eastern time.

Reid made care to note in his remarks that what Cruz was engaged in wasn't technically a filibuster, but instead a negotiated time during which Cruz could speak, and that the vote would proceed Wednesday afternoon regardless.

He and Cruz clashed shortly before noon when Reid delivered remarks during the speech. Cruz objected on the grounds that Reid was giving a speech of his own rather than asking a question.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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