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The Alliance Mourns Loss of Retiree Champion Senator Harry Reid

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December 31, 2021

The Alliance Mourns Loss of Retiree Champion Senator Harry Reid

Members of the Alliance were saddened this week by the passing of former Majority Leader and long-time Nevada Senator Harry Reid, a lifelong champion for older Americans.

“Retirees have lost one of the best friends they ever had in Washington,” said Alliance President Robert Roach, Jr. “Senator Reid never wavered in his support for our earned Social Security benefits. Time and again he was there to beat back attempts to privatize, cut, or allow Social Security to be used as a pawn during budget standoffs.”

“The Affordable Care Act, which closed the Medicare prescription drug doughnut hole and provided beneficiaries with guaranteed preventive care and wellness checks, would not have become law without Senator Reid’s commitment. We owe him a great debt of gratitude,” President Roach continued.

“Senator Reid was also a great friend of the Alliance,” said Alliance Executive Director Richard Fiesta. “He joined us at our national meetings and conventions, and our Nevada members were always welcome in his offices in Nevada or Washington. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.”

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