Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) announced he will be stepping down from the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 111th Congress to focus on health care reform. “As chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, I expect to lead a very full agenda in the next Congress, including working with [President-elect] Obama to guarantee affordable health care, at long last, for every American,“Kennedy said.
Kennedy, who has been a long time leader in health care reform, has been working with President Elect Obama’s transition team along with fellow democrat Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, on legislation that will overhaul the current health care system in America. Kennedy plans a return to the Senate full-time after an absence following a diagnosis of a brain tumor. When he returns, he and Baucus plan to introduce legislation early in the 111th Congress.