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Ted Kennedy Returns to the Senate

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Senator Ted Kennedy has returned to the Senate floor this afternoon, less than two months after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. He was applauded loudly upon his entrance.

Senate Democrats requested his presence to help vote on a health care bill that was being filibustered by Senate Republicans.

The underlying bill would reverse a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors that will go into effect this month.

Senator Kennedy is chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and is an influential Democrat on health care issues. His vote today will help prevent the 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors.