New York Democratic sen. Chuck Schumer fought back tears in his emotional farewell to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
“Harry, I would not be the senator, or the man I am today without them,” Schumer said, as he sniffed and his voice trembled in his farewell speech on Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Schumer — whom Reid picked last spring to replace him as the chamber’s top Democrat, held the second rank, the Senate Democrats, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin — spoke for about 15 minutes before Reid’s farewell portrait was unveiled.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I’m going to miss you,” Schumer said in conclusion Thursday. “It will be some time before we see the other, like Harry Reid. Up to do this portrait.”
Also, those who participate in the event, including Vice-President Joe Biden, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Hillary Clinton, who is separated under Reid as a senator from New York.
Reid, of Nevada, the Senate after 30 years and more than a decade as the chamber’s top Democrat.
His top achievements include the support of President Obama, his signature health law, ObamaCare, passed in the year 2009, when the Democrats controlled the house and had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
However, the Republicans, to fill the after the elections in November, the White house, while control of the Congress, appears ready in the next month, the first steps in the direction of repeal and replace ObamaCare.
In addition, Reid leaves after Democrats lost control of the Senate in 2014, and could not be missing again in 2016, their best Chance in years.
Still, the 77-year-old Reid, slowed recently by questions of health, of the leaves, as the third-longest-serving Senate leader in history and with a remarkable legislative history, among other things, the pass financial reform and a stimulus package.
He also brought home big benefits to Nevada, the financing of numerous projects, the Blockade of a nuclear waste landfill and help protect highlighted many thousands of acres of wilderness — the beginning of this week in Reid’s one-hour-plus farewell speech in the Senate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.