Stimulus Bill Draws Kennedy Back To Senate

Sen. Edward Kennedy has returned to the Senate to cast a vote for President Barack Obama's massive economic stimulus package.

Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, said the test vote was too important to miss. The bill survived 61-36, one more vote than the 60 required to overcome objections.

The Massachusetts Democrat appeared upbeat as he walked into the Senate chamber leaning on a cane. He was escorted by the state's junior senator, John Kerry.

Kennedy left immediately after the vote, but was expected to return Tuesday for a final vote on the package.

Asked how he was feeling, he said, "Some days are better than others."

The 76-year-old senator had been resting in Florida since suffering a seizure on inauguration day that doctors said was likely caused by "simple fatigue."

This program aired on February 9, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.