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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas hosts the memorial service for the late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Jan. 8. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and former President Barack Obama, along with their past congressional colleagues, came together on Saturday to honor the life of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Driving the news: "Harry Reid will be considered one of the greatest Senate Majority leaders in history," the president said in Las Vegas on Saturday.

  • "For Harry, it wasn't about power, it was about about the sake of power, about the power to be able to use power to do right by people," he added. "That's why you wanted Harry in your corner."

While eulogizing the long-time Nevada lawmaker, Obama said: "Few people have done more for this state, and this country, than this driven, brilliant, sometimes irascible, deeply good man from Searchlight, Nevada."

  • "In a battle between perfection and progress, Harry always chose progress," Obama said, adding that "pragmatism made Harry adaptable."
  • "Harry did know the Senate better than just about anyone else. More importantly, he understood why the work we were doing mattered," the former president said.

What they're saying: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also spoke at the funeral.

  • "Harry, in short, was one of the most incredible individuals I've ever met. The sort of person you come across only a handful of times in your entire life," Schumer said.
  • "He was tough as nails, a fighter to his core, but also one of the most compassionate individuals you could ever imagine. He never forgot where he came from, always stuck up for the underdog and the little guy."

The big picture: Reid died on Dec. 28 at 82 years old following a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

  • Reid was Senate majority leader from 2007 to 2015, and served in Congress for more than three decades.
  • Reid will lie in the Capitol Rotunda during the week of Jan. 10, Axios' Hans Nichols reports.
In photos:
President Biden speaks during Reid's memorial service. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Former President Barack Obama speaks during the memorial service. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during the memorial service. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during the memorial service. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Supporters hold signs during the memorial service. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Go deeper: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dies at 82

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House Democrats to combine 2 key bills in push for voting rights

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a December news conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats the House Rules Committee was meeting Wednesday night to combine key provisions of two voting bills and pass the rule before sending it to the Senate for a vote.

Why it matters: Pelosi's announcement in a letter to Democrats comes a day after President Biden called for a change to the Senate's filibuster rules in an effort to pass voting rights legislation.

McConnell: Biden's voting rights speech "profoundly unpresidential"

President Biden (left) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photos: Anna Moneymaker (left) and Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the Senate floor Wednesday slammed President Biden's voting rights speech, calling it "divisive" and "profoundly unpresidential."

Why it matters: In his Tuesday remarks in Atlanta, Biden backed changing the filibuster to ensure voting rights are protected, and blasted Senate Republicans for blocking action on the issue.

Obama: We must "vigilantly preserve and protect" the right to vote

Former President Obama speaks at the COP26 summit on Nov. 8, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Ian Forsyth via Getty Images

Former President Obama threw his support behind changing the filibuster on Wednesday in an op-ed that emphasized the need to "vigilantly preserve and protect" the right to vote.

Why it matters: The move comes a day after President Biden publicly backed rule changes to the filibuster this week to ensure the Senate passes Democrats' voting rights legislation.