September 7th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Kennedy plans to return to Capitol Hill in January

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Despite his illness, Sen. Kennedy recently traveled to Denver and addressed the Democratic National Convention."]
(CNN) - Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who underwent surgery in June for a brain tumor, will not return to Capitol Hill this week when Congress returns from its August recess.

The senator, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in the spring, plans to return to the Senate in January, said spokesman Anthony Coley.

"As Sen. Kennedy said two weeks ago in Denver, he intends to be on the floor of the United States Senate next January when we begin to write the next great chapter of American progress," Coley said. "Senator Kennedy's doctors are pleased with his progress so far and have recommended that he continue to work from home through the fall."

Congress is only returning for a short session. The Senate will spend three weeks in session before breaking for the campaign season.

Kennedy, 76, made his first appearance in the Senate in July, returning to cast a vote to help break a deadlock on an important Medicare bill. He is currently undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy.

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Independent Voter in Missouri

    If you were an intelligent PUMA you would realize that McCain does have any of the same policies as Hillary Clinton.

    September 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    Good for him! His country needs his leadership in the senate. What's really "interesting" is that republicans have held the house, senate, and white house for 6 of the last eight years and have managed to grow government to an incredible beauracracy, increase the debt and deficit, nearly destroy our military, erode our reputation abroad, and those silly little republican "community organizers" can't seem to pull their heads out and realize that if they don't make $5M a year, they are nobodies to the republican politicians!! That's what's "interesting".

    September 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Jacob

    Good one interesting!
    I'm thinking Palin!

    September 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. kaate Brown

    The Great Man is back to the City.

    Good for Obama

    Long live Teddy

    We all love you

    September 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Horrible PUMAS

    The guy is dying of brain cancer, and you want to make a joke out of it.

    I got a new slogan for you:
    PUMAS – Being heartless since 2007

    September 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Griff

    "You will require, "Climbing Gear"... Better stay home..

    September 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Thomas5

    Hopefully he won't drive there. He doesn't exactly have a stellar driving record, ya know.

    But I hear he swims pretty good.

    September 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. thomas

    Ted Kennedy is a great humanitarian. We all wish him a full recovery.

    September 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Denise

    Do not do too much too soon.

    September 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. mary

    Thank God for his blessings in the healing and a full recovery of Senator Kenny .We pray for his continued recovery that he may restore hie strength and health stronger than every before.

    September 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. bruja

    Interesting, you are an idiot.

    September 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. linda from South Dakota

    welcome back, ted,, we missed you and im so glad u are feelin better,, the country needs u and obama needs your support,,, again welcome back,,,,,,,,

    September 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Manuel TX

    I respect this man although I don't agree with everything that he's done.

    I certainly don't like that he did not support HRC.

    I also think that he needs to retire, and that we need to impose term limits on federal senators.


    September 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Remy

    I wish a long life to a Kennedy and hemust happy!

    September 7, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Dejon

    well he could comfort Mcain when he lose LOL

    September 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. FEBRA


    September 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. Kevin

    He should retire if he cannot attend. Being a Senator is a serious business and not a luxury. It's time he stood aside to let someone else have a chance

    September 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Bobby

    go kennedy you can do it another dem back on the Hill supporting Barack Obama for president

    Obama 08

    September 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Pamela

    Good for him we can't wait to see him back in there fighting for us.

    September 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Tom

    God bless you, Teddy Kennedy. A true patriot and force for good in this world.

    As for the commenter named "interesting," your PUMA stance makes no sense unless your only objective is to get a woman–any woman–into office. Hillary Clinton disagrees with McCain and Palin on almost every issue and agrees with Barack Obama on almost every issue. Think about it!

    September 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Breck

    Good for you Senator Kennedy, you've been a force to respect in Washington for years, it's good your continuing your work. PUMA is such a joke, Hillary told you to support Obama, now do it you selfish fools..

    September 7, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Elizabeth NC

    True patriot who definitely puts his country first. What a welcoming way to harvest the fruits of your hard fought labor. President Obama will at that time be settling in his new job and be preparing for his first state of the Union address. Remember last year when the two of you sat together at whathisface's last address? Very good to know you are recovering that well. God's speed and blessing.

    September 7, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. RSB

    It'll be nice to have him back. We miss the Kennedys and what they mean to our country. No matter what they have done (in their personal lives), they still get more respect than anyone else.

    September 7, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Ted Kennedy is the epitome of "public servant" – my prayers are with him and I know that he and Hillary both will serve this country well when the new DEMOCRATIC senate convenes in January to support PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    "Interesting" – PUMA is a joke. If you supported Hillary because of what she believed and stood for, you couldn't possibly go McCain-Palin. PUMA = petty and spiteful at the expense of our country and our children. McCain-Palin will take what George W has done and make it even worse!! But go ahead and post your ignorant comments – true Democrats and true Hillary supporters have moved on to get Obama elected...were you busy listening to Leiberman whine when Hillary said her supporters needed to vote Democratic? Did you hear her condemnation of McCain and his Red-Red Republican platform?
    You're scary – but not for the reasons you think!!

    September 7, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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