The Washington Times - September 25, 2013, 12:33PM

Minutes after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wrapped up his filibuster, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor and said that he does not think lawmakers learned anything new from the tea party favorite’s more than 21-hour performance, calling it a “big waste of time.”

Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, said that the Cruz-led filibuster took up time that should have been spent passing a spending bill that will keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

SEE RELATED: As Sen. Ted Cruz gives a long speech, Treasury gets short on funding

“It has been interesting to watch, but Ms. President, for a lack of a better way of describing this, it has been a big waste of time,” Mr. Reid said. “The government is set to shut down in a matter of hours — in just a few days government will close.”

Mr. Reid said the tea party and its congressional champions have bogged down the legislative process on Capitol Hill.

“Any day that government is hurt is a good day for them,” Mr. Reid said. ” It is, as I’ve said before, the new anarchy.”

Mr. Reid and the Senate Democratic majority are expected to amend a House bill by stripping out a provision to defund Obamacare.