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  • Relationship of the Majority and Democratic Leaders

    by Senator Harry Reid

    Posted on 2015-12-17

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    REID. Mr. President, before the Republican leader leaves the floor, I wish to say a few things.

    In the years I have served in public office, I brush aside most press and don't let it bother me, but once in a while something comes along that does. There was an article in one of the Hill newspapers this day that really troubled me: ``Bad blood: Reid-McConnell relationship hits new low.'' I have a difficult job, and so does he. We both have done our respective jobs. We started out in leadership positions here doing different things, but where we first started working closely together was when we were both whips.

    No one knows our personal relationship except him and me. There are things he does that disappoint me; there are things I do that disappoint him. Our caucuses have different views on a lot of things.

    I just want the record to be spread that the Reid-McConnell relationship hasn't hit a new low. We have a personal relationship. Nobody knows how many times we visit with each other on the telephone and personally.

    I will always remember him and his wonderful wife. Within the last few years my wife was involved in a terrible automobile accident. The first people to step up and ask if there was anything they could do were Mitch and his wife. Shortly thereafter, my wife had a bruising battle with breast cancer. There is no one who can comfort a wife more than another wife. On January 1 of this year, I blinded myself in an exercise accident, and Mitch McConnell was there. His wife was there.

    So I want the record to reflect--people might write all these things they want to write, but Mitch McConnell and I are friends. People may think that is difficult with all the things we do here opposing each other, but that is the job we have.

    I want the record--I repeat--to be totally reflective of the fact that I have admiration for Mitch McConnell and the work that he has to do. Do I always agree with what he does? Of course not. I am sure the same applies to his feelings about me. But no one can judge what our personal relationship is except McConnell and Reid.

    Mr. McCONNELL. Will my friend yield for a comment?

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