Capitol Hill Bureau Chief
Sen. Harry Reid told reporters in the Capitol this afternoon that Sen. Ted Kennedy's brain cancer is in remission and that Kennedy should be back at work in the Senate in two weeks.
Reid said Kennedy is, "Doing fine. He's going through another regimen of treatment, which is not unusual."
He explained that he had spoken with Kennedy's wife, Vicki, about the Senator's condition and said Kennedy is in remission, "as far as I know."
However, Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, clarified later, "Senator Reid will leave the diagnosing to doctors. But he does look forward to the prospect of Senator Kennedy's return to the Senate as soon as he is able."
Kennedy, 77, has been largely absent from the Senate since his diagnosis last year, but he returned to Washington to chair an April nomination hearing for Heath and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, as well as to vote for President Obama's stimulus package in February. A June return would have him back on Capitol Hill in time for the Senate action on health care reform.
Kennedy's office declined to comment on the Senator's condition today.
**Updated at 7:36 p.m.**