Sen. Kennedy's Brain Cancer Is in Remission
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A friend told me this afternoon, "God clearly wants health care reform to happen." It was in reference to the good news from the Hill.
Sen. Edward Kennedy's brain cancer is in remission and the Massachusetts Democrat is expected back in the Senate after the Memorial Day recess, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Sen. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he spoke with Kennedy's wife and was told the 77-year-old lawmaker will return to work full time during the first week of June.
Kennedy, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has been mostly absent from the chamber for the past year, recovering in Florida and Massachusetts. He is expected to lead a markup of highly anticipated health reform legislation in his first month back -- one of the biggest bills of the year and a signature domestic initiative for President Obama.
Kennedy will reportedly receive a few more treatments before returning to work in June, but Reid told reporters, "He's doing fine."
Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal . His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08."