Sen. Kennedy Steps Down From Judiciary Panel

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Sen. Edward Kennedy is stepping down from his Senate Judiciary Committee post.

The Massachusetts Democrat says he wants to focus on achieving a breakthrough on health care reform with President-elect Barack Obama. Kennedy, who is fighting a malignant brain tumor, chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Kennedy noted that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid had asked Democrats to reduce their committee assignments to give junior lawmakers more opportunities.

Kennedy had a seizure in May and underwent surgery in June.

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