Kennedy Expected to Return Next Week

Posted March 3, 2009 at 3:07pm

Updated: 6:17 p.m.Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is expected to return to the Senate next week, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Tuesday.“Yeah, he’s going to come here Thursday as I understand it,— Reid said during a press conference with reporters.Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, last appeared in the chamber on Feb. 9 to cast a vote to end debate on the economic stimulus package. He returned to Florida after the vote, where he has spent most of his time recovering this year.Kennedy is chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and his return next week could mean the beginning of a major push on health care legislation that is a top priority for the Obama administration. The Finance Committee, which shares jurisdiction over health care issues, has also been working on the health care package.“The Finance Committee at this stage is ahead of the HELP Committee, [but] the HELP Committee is moving forward,— Reid said.