Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidReinvigorating the UAP legacy of Sen. Harry Reid Biden faces series of minefields in coming year Reid memorial set for Jan. 8 in Las Vegas MORE (D-Nev.) will lie in state at the Capitol on Jan. 12, congressional leaders announced Sunday night.
A joint statement from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Omicron surge continues; anniversary of Jan. 6 attack approaches GOP Rep. Mary Miller announces reelection bid with Trump endorsement The cruelty of Trump’s Jan. 6 press conference MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer Warren Buffett rejects Sanders’ request to intervene amid union strike Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies MORE (D-N.Y) said the formal arrival and departure ceremonies will be open to invited guests only, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Senator Harry Reid was a titan of public service, who for more than four decades fought relentlessly for working families like his own,” Pelosi said in the statement.
“It is my solemn honor as House Speaker to pay tribute to a legendary leader, a great American and my dear friend, Senator Harry Reid,” she added.
“He was tough-as-nails strong, but caring and compassionate, and always went out of his way quietly to help people who needed help,” Schumer added of Reid.
“Few dedicated their life and career to working for and delivering for working families like Harry Reid, and it will be an honor to pay tribute to him in the Capitol next week,” he added.
The longtime former Senate majority leader, who had pancreatic cancer, died last week at the age of 82. He served over 30 years in the House and the Senate, retiring in 2017. He served as the majority leader of the upper chamber between 2006 and 2014.
Among the key legislation he helped pass was were Affordable Care Act, which required keeping all of his Democratic caucus’ 60 members united, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Reid was also known for his partisanship, beloved by Democrats and combative with Republicans, once accusing then-2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats should be courting Romney, not Manchin Keith Olbermann criticized for tweet targeting Romney family Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies MORE of being a tax cheat and calling then-President George Bush a “liar.”
Upon announcing the news of his death, Jon Ralston, a longtime political reporter, called the late lawmaker “probably the most important elected official in Nevada history.”
Updated at 8:33 p.m.