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And on Thursday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., took to the Senate floor and accused Cruz and Lee of grandstanding for the sole purpose of publicity with their delay tactics.

As Republicans argued among themselves, Democrats ratcheted up their criticism, labeling Lee and his allies as anarchists, fanatics and blackmailers.

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"The Republican Party has been infected by a small but destructive faction that would rather tear down the house our founders built than govern from it," Reid said. "These extremists are more interested in putting on a show... than in legislating."

Cruz, who held the Senate floor for more than 21 hours in a doomed filibuster, defended his and Lee’s actions as doing what the American people wanted.

"It is not easy to disagree with your political party but at the end of the day what we’re doing is bigger than partisan politics," Cruz said. "What we’re doing here is fighting for 300 million Americans across this great country."



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