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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:17 PM
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Kennedy steps down from Judiciary panel (to focus on health care)
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Kennedy steps down from Judiciary panel

By ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press Writer Andrew Miga, Associated Press Writer 2 hrs 10 mins ago

WASHINGTON Sen. Edward Kennedy said Friday he is stepping down from his Senate Judiciary Committee post to focus on achieving a breakthrough on health care reform. The Massachusetts Democrat said he was hopeful of achieving progress with President-elect Barack Obama taking over the White House. Kennedy, who is fighting a malignant brain tumor, chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a strong Obama backer during the 2008 campaign.

"I expect to lead a very full agenda in the next Congress, including working with President Obama to guarantee affordable health care, at long last, for every American," Kennedy said in a statement. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I intend to make the most of it."

Kennedy, 76, has championed universal health care coverage for more than four decades in the Senate. He has been consulting with staffers, other senators and health care advocates for months on a new blueprint for extending coverage.

Kennedy's statement also noted that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada had asked Democrats to reduce their committee assignments to give junior lawmakers more opportunities.

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Hieronymus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:35 PM
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1. Good man ... we're gonna get universal care.
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atimetocome Donating Member (236 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:41 PM
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2. I doubt it.
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