WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the following statement on the passing of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Senator Harry Reid, a friend and long-time colleague. Senator Reid assumed the role of Senate Majority Leader as I entered the Senate in 2007, a role in which he served until 2015. He was a trusted adviser and an astute strategist who proved his ability to deliver results in the Senate under presidents of both parties. A former boxer and member of the Capitol Police, Senator Reid never shied from a difficult battle or quit before the fight was finished. Among his many accomplishments, Senator Reid found ways to coalesce support behind landmark laws like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the Dodd-Frank Act, among many others. Along with his unwavering loyalty to his home state of Nevada, these pieces of transformational legislation will serve as his lasting legacy.
“On a personal level, Myrna and I will hold Harry’s wife Landra, children and grandchildren in our prayers. The Reid family repeatedly has faced health challenges and always done so with grace and dignity. Theirs is a story of perseverance, and I have no doubt they will come through this profound loss even stronger.”