Byrd: Rename Health Bill for Kennedy

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2009 1:38 PM CDT
Byrd: Rename Health Bill for Kennedy
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.   (AP Photo)

Senator Robert Byrd wants his colleagues to honor Ted Kennedy by renaming health care legislation in his honor, Politico reports. “As a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling,” said Byrd, 92, himself in poor health. "My heart and soul weeps at the loss of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend."

Other tributes rounded up in the Boston Globe:

  • Nancy Reagan: People are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family. ... Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend."
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Uncle Teddy ... was the rock of our family: a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle."
  • Harry Reid: "It was the thrill of my lifetime to work with Ted Kennedy. He was a friend, the model of public service, and an American icon."
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: "Kennedy has been a friend for 30 years, a great American patriot, a great champion of a better world, a great friend of Israel. He will be sorely missed."
(More health care reform stories.)

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