Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ted Kennedy Celebrates 77th Birthday

February 22, 2009 9:24 AM

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who turns 77 today, is scheduled to spend his birthday "celebrating with a bunch of family and close friends" in Florida, according to his spokesman, Anthony Coley.

The Lion of the Senate plans to return to Washington in two weeks for a March 8 "musical tribute" in his honor at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

The senator returned to Washington last week to cast his vote in the Senate's first version of the economic stimulus bill. However, Kennedy missed the final passage vote on the compromise bill.

Coley said Kennedy, longtime chair of the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, is determined to see legislation for health care reform. "He sounds as strong as I have heard him sound," said Coley.

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