President Biden has ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff to celebrate the death of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Biden signed a proclamation lowering the flags of the half-staff:
From humble roots in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid rose to become one of the great Senate majority leaders in American history. He was a man of action and a man of his word – guided by faith, loyalty and unwavering determination.
During his long civil service career, Harry Reid was instrumental in enacting breakthrough laws that changed the lives of countless Americans and made our nation stronger and safer. His devotional service to our nation was not about power for power’s sake. It was about the power of the American people to do what is right.
As a token of respect for his memory, I hereby command, in accordance with the powers conferred on me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that the flag of the United States be hoisted on the day of his funeral, including half-staff in the White House and on all public buildings and facilities, at all military posts and naval stations and on all federal government naval ships in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sundown such day. I also instruct that the flag be hoisted by half-staff at all US embassies, embassies, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval ships and stations, for the same period of time.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I laid my hand on this twenty-ninth December in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one and in the year of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred forty-sixth.
Harry Reid was one of the Senate giants and perhaps the most important figure in Nevada’s political history. His absence will be felt in both Nevada and Democratic politics in the years to come.
Reid passionately argued before his death that the Senate should abolish the filibuster, and the longest legacy the Democrats could offer would be the abolition of the filibuster in Harry Reid’s name.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association