Kennedy Returns to Decide Medicare Vote
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) returned to the Senate Wednesday to cast the decisive vote on stalled Medicare legislation, his first appearance in the chamber since he was diagnosed two months ago with brain cancer. Kennedy was greeted on the Senate floor by a long, sustained burst of applause. His vote on the measure is critical; the Senate fell one vote short of the needed 60 on June 26. Wearing a dark suit and a wide grin, Kennedy gave a grand gesture during the Medicare roll-call vote. "Aye," he said, to laughter.