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Sen. Harry Reid calls Sen. Barbara Boxer his 'sister' in praise-filled farewell speech

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) came to the Senate floor Wednesday to praise his longtime friend and fellow retiring senator, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

The House and Senate are expected to recess for the year next week, and the farewell speeches are beginning for members such as Boxer and Reid, who have worked together in Washington for 34 years.

In a nearly 15-minute speech, Reid praised the California delegation for taking him into its fold when he came to Congress and was the only Democrat representing Nevada. He spoke about Boxer's efforts in preserving the wilderness and protecting Planned Parenthood and their work together with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to protect Lake Tahoe.

"Barbara, I have three brothers. I have never had a sister. You're the sister I've never had," Reid said. "To this day, we still refer to each other as 'brother' and 'sister.'"

Boxer took to the Senate floor immediately after Reid was finished to thank him for his friendship and his words. She emphasized that she has a speech planned about Reid's career that she's sure will embarrass him.

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