President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer all celebrated the life of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at a memorial service in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Reid died in December at the age 82 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Reid helped secure congressional passage of Obama’s signature healthcare law in 2010 over sharp opposition from Republicans, and the former president said he could not have asked for a better friend.
“Without Harry, there would be no Affordable Care Act,” Obama said in his eulogy. “Harry refused to give up.”
“Pragmatism, practicality, a premium on getting things done, a lack of pretension and an abiding loyalty. That’s what Harry Reid represented,” said Obama.
Harry Reid and I grew up on different sides of the country, but we came from the same place where certain values run deep. Loyalty. Faith. Resolve. Service.
He was a dear friend, a great American, and a giant of our history. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/qGvDhq15hX
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 9, 2022
President Biden on the late Harry Reid's unassuming manner: "it was all Searchlight – no spotlight"
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 8, 2022
“Nevada has never had a better champion.” Former President Barack Obama says goodbye to former Senate majority leader, and his friend, Harry Reid. pic.twitter.com/Cqqoyf4ne9
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 8, 2022