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Former Sen. Harry Reid undergoes cancer surgery

Former Sen. Harry Reid undergoes cancer surgery

Mr. Reid had been quietly letting people know over the past few days that he would be undergoing surgery, including former President Barack Obama.

The I-Team has learned that former Nevada Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid underwent cancer surgery this morning.

Doctors discovered the tumor during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success, according to the statement.

Reid is out of surgery and in good spirits, his family went on to say, and he will now undergo chemotherapy as the next step in his treatment.

Reid, a Democrat and former Senate majority leader, sponsored or signed onto more than 500 pieces of legislation that later became law and helped choke off funding for a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain.

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Reid, a one-time amateur boxer and Capitol Police officer from Searchlight, Nevada, served five terms in the Senate, beginning in 1987.

Mr. Reid, known for a biting, acerbic wit and a penchant for partisan pugnacity, told The New York Times in March that he was ready to leave Washington behind.

On the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he had spoken with Reid's family.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tweeted, "Harry Reid has never been one to shy from a fight, and this is surely no different. We are all praying for dear Harry's speedy recovery". "He beat his opponents in the boxing ring, took on the mob in Nevada and moved bills in the Senate that no one believed could be done".