Posted by Sen. Reid's Staff on 7/26/2011 - 10:34 AM
Below are Senator Reid's remarks as delivered on the Senate floor:
"Mr. President, every day, people from across this great nation and around the globe come here – to visit the Capitol – to see the seat of American democracy.
"When I first came to Washington, D.C., I worked the night shift – the swing shift – as a Capitol police officer. That's why, Mr. President, I feel a particular closeness to the Capitol Police.
"When I worked I was never in danger. I was never called upon to put my life on the line. I only hope I would have shown the bravery that Agent Gibson and Officer Chestnut displayed that afternoon they were killed.
"I was a member of the Senate when Agent Gibson and Officer Chestnut gave their lives to save the lives of others. I know nothing can make up for the loss of a cherished loved one, but I hope their families and friends take some comfort knowing that those of us who were here that day hold them in our memories and in our hearts.
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