August 29th, 2009
09:52 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP senator blasts Dems health care proposals

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bipartisan support may have faded further from reality Saturday when the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee condemned Democratic health care proposals which he said would “make our nation’s finances sicker.”

In the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, said that a comprehensive health care reform bill should decrease costs and be deficit-neutral. He said that the Democratic bills put forth “fail to meet these standards.”

Democrats have proposed some cuts to Medicare which would be used to cover uninsured Americans. Enzi accused Democrats of “raid[ing] Medicare” and said “savings from Medicare should only be used to strengthen Medicare.”

“These bills would expand comparative effectiveness research that would be used to limit or deny care based on age or disability of patients,” Enzi said.

Enzi also said that his colleagues in the Senate have put forth amendments that would “protect Americans by prohibiting the rationing of their health care.” He continued, “The Democrats showed their true intent by voting every amendment down.”

After making clear Republicans’ dismay with Democratic proposals, Enzi urged President Obama and Democrats in Congress to “reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on.”


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August 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

The Kennedy family gathers around the gravesite Saturday evening during the funeral for Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Kennedy family gathers around the gravesite Saturday evening during the funeral for Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery.

(CNN) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was laid to rest Saturday after a procession through Washington that included a stop at the U.S. Capitol. Thousands lined the streets as his hearse passed by toward Arlington National Cemetery, which is across the Potomac River in Virginia.

Earlier in the day at the funeral in Boston, President Obama eulogized him as "a champion for those who had none."

A large crowd that had assembled at the steps and across the street from the Capitol applauded as the hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin pulled up, and family members emerged to greet members of Kennedy's staff and congressional colleagues.

Among them were the longest-serving senator, 91-year-old Democrat Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who has been out of the spotlight lately because of deteriorating health.

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More photos of the funeral service after the jump:

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August 29th, 2009
07:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy casket arrives at Arlington

The Kennedy family gathered at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Kennedy family gathered at Arlington National Cemetery.

(CNN) – Sen. Edward Kennedy's casket has arrived at Arlington National Cemetery.


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August 29th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Body of Sen. Kennedy arrives at Capitol

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The hearse carrying Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's body arrived Saturday evening at the U.S. Capitol (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The hearse carrying Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's body arrived Saturday evening at the U.S. Capitol, where hundreds of lawmakers and congressional staffers awaited on the building's steps.

As the hearse and procession approached, those on the steps - who numbered at least 1,000 - applauded loudly, as did a large crowd of fans and tourists on the lawn and street in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Kennedy's widow, Vicki, hugged several of those on the steps when the procession stopped.

The Rev. Daniel Coughlin, chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, gave a short prayer, saying that Kennedy's hopes were "unquenchable, full of immortality."

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August 29th, 2009
05:28 PM ET
August 29th, 2009
05:07 PM ET
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Friends, staffers gather on Capitol Hill

Friends and former staff members gathered on the steps of the Capitol building.
Friends and former staff members gathered on the steps of the Capitol building.

(CNN) - Hundreds of people - mostly congressional staffers and lawmakers - gathered Saturday evening on the steps of the U.S. Capitol ahead of the arrival of a hearse carrying Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's body.

The staffers - current and former - as well as many prominent U.S. senators and representatives, stood on the steps awaiting the casket's arrival. Some held American flags in their hands and others held framed photos of Kennedy.

Crowds of tourists and other onlookers congregated on the lawn and street in front of the Capitol.

The group was expected to sing "America the Beautiful" when the funeral procession arrives. The Rev. Daniel Coughlin - chaplain of the House of Representatives - is expected to give a prayer when the hearse stops.

After leaving the Capitol, the casket is to proceed to Arlington National Cemetery, where Kennedy will be buried, 95 feet south of the grave of his brother Sen. Robert Kennedy, which is in turn just steps away from the burial site of his brother, former President John F. Kennedy.


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August 29th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama remembers Kennedy as 'soul of Democratic party'

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) – President Barack Obama hailed Sen. Edward M. Kennedy as "a champion for those who had none; the soul of the Democratic Party; and the lion of the U.S. Senate - a man whose name graces nearly one thousand laws, and who penned more than three hundred himself" at the late legislator's funeral Saturday.

"Ted Kennedy's life's work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections," Obama said.

"It was to give a voice to those who were not heard; to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity; to make real the dream of our founding. He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not, and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow," the president said.

"We can still hear his voice bellowing through the Senate chamber, face reddened, fist pounding the podium, a veritable force of nature, in support of health care or workers' rights or civil rights," he said, calling him "the greatest legislator of our time."

But he also remembered the towering Washington figure as a generous, caring person.

"We do not weep for him today because of the prestige attached to his name or his office," Obama said. "We weep because we loved this kind and tender hero who persevered through pain and tragedy - not for the sake of ambition or vanity; not for wealth or power; but only for the people and the country he loved."


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August 29th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
August 29th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Ted Kennedy Jr. remembers his father

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's son Ted Jr. remembered him as a man who "never stopped trying to right wrongs" at his funeral Mass Saturday at Boston's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica - Boston's famed "Mission Church."

"My father was not perfect, but he believed in redemption," he said.

"Although it hasn't been easy at times to live with this name, I have never been more proud of it than I am today," Ted Jr. said.

He said his father had made light of his failure to become president, despite the weight of expectations on him as a Kennedy.

"I don't mind not being president, I just mind that someone else is," he quoted his father as saying.

The funeral began with a hearse bearing Kennedy's body through Boston rain from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to Mission Church. A military honor guard carried the coffin through a sea of black umbrellas into the church.


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August 29th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
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