WASHINGTON (CNN) - One committee down, four to go.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday morning passed a bill the revamp health care, becoming the first congressional committee to act on President Barack Obama's push to overhaul the nation's health care system.
The HELP committee voted 13 to 10, along party lines, to pass a $600 billion piece of legislation. Committee chairman Sen. Ted Kennedy, a long time proponent of health care reform, was not present for the vote. The Democrat from Massachusetts has been absent from Capitol Hill as he battles brain cancer, but his vote in favor counted by proxy.
– CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report