Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news that Senator Edward Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor:
“The Senate is a family. We are all concerned about the health of Senator Kennedy. He is a friend, the model of public service and an American icon.
“And anyone who knows Ted Kennedy also knows that he is a fighter. He has a work ethic like no other and has risen to every challenge he’s faced – and we are confident he will rise to this one as well. It’s no surprise to me that when I talked with his wife today, she told me he is in good spirits and full of energy.
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Senate family are with Ted and the Kennedy family. We are not sure when he will return to the Senate, but we all look forward to his recovery. Millions of Americans have benefited from the work of Ted Kennedy, and I know he’s not done yet.”