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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday became the 34th person to lie in the United States Capitol Rotunda, with his former lieutenant Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) saying that “few shaped the operation of this building “like the pugnacious Nevadan.

Reid, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 82 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, spent 30 years in the Senate and was Silver State’s longest-serving congressman.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attend a memorial service for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on January 12, 2022.
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“Few people have dedicated their lives to working people like Harry did,” said Schumer, the current Senate Majority Leader. “And today our feelings of loss and gratitude are immense.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Praised what she called “Reid’s brilliant strategic mind,” adding that “to see him lead and legislate was to see a master at the work”.

President Biden did not attend the Capitol Ceremony, after praising Reid at a weekend memorial service in Las Vegas, but was due to stop by the Rotunda to pay his respects later Wednesday.

Reid gained national notoriety during his eight-year tenure as Majority Leader, during which he changed Senate rules to lower the confirmation threshold for Barack Obama’s presidential candidates from 60 votes to a simple majority.

The decision quickly backfired against Reid and the Democrats when Republicans took control of the Senate in 2014 expanded the use of the so-called “nuclear option” to secure confirmation of Donald Trump’s three candidates ahead of the most high court of the country.

Reid was also instrumental in passing ObamaCare and an economic stimulus bill at the start of the Great Recession, but he is best remembered for his combative and win-win attitude at all costs towards politics. .

Harry Reid sits on Capitol Hill, Chuck Schumer pays tribute
Officers greet the coffin of former Senate Majority Leader Reid as it stands in the rotunda of the United States Capitol on January 12, 2022.
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Harry Reid sits on Capitol Hill, Chuck Schumer pays tribute
Senate Majority Leader Schumer speaks at a memorial service for Harry Harry Reid on January 12, 2022.
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Most famous, Reid falsely asserted in the Senate during the 2012 presidential campaign that GOP candidate Mitt Romney had paid no taxes in the previous decade, a lie he never retracted. Asked about the accusation in a 2015 CNN interview, Reid retorted, “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

The following year, Reid tripled in an interview with the Washington Post, calling it “one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

In an October 2020 interview with The Associated Press, Reid said Biden should only be allowed three weeks to try and work with Republicans if he were elected president. After that, said Reid, “the time will come when he has to move in and get rid of the [Senate] filibuster ”- a course of action Biden advocated in a speech Tuesday in Atlanta.

Harry Reid sits on Capitol Hill, Chuck Schumer pays tribute
Reid’s widow Landra Gould honors him in her casket during a memorial service in the rotunda of the United States Capitol.
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Harry Reid sits on Capitol Hill, Chuck Schumer pays tribute
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer pay tribute to Reid at the Congressional burial ceremony.
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Reid is the second former Senate Majority Leader to be in Capitol State in as many months, after the late Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, who died on December 5 at the age of 98.

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