Jan 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Biden to attend Harry Reid's funeral in Nevada

Photo of Joe Biden embracing Harry Reid as photographers face them

Then-Vice President Joe Biden greets retiring Sen. Harry Reid during a portrait unveiling ceremony for Reid in the Russell Building on Dec. 8, 2016. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Biden will attend former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) funeral on Saturday, the White House said Tuesday.

The big picture: Reid died on Dec. 29 at 82 after battling pancreatic cancer. The influential politician, who retired after 30 years in Congress, served with Biden for decades and cultivated a close friendship with the president.

  • "Harry met the marker for what I’ve always believed is the most important thing by which you can measure a person — their action and their word," Biden said in a statement after Reid's death.
  • Biden and first lady Jill Biden are set to travel to Las Vegas for the memorial service.
  • Reid will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda during the week of Jan. 10.
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