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(NECN: Washington, D.C.) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) acknowledge the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in her final words on the House floor prior to Sunday night's vote on health care reform.
It has been said that Sen. Kennedy's life work was to secure legislation providing health care coverage to all Americans. Speaker Pelosi cited a letter the late senator had written to President Barack Obama prior to his passing.
"Senator Kennedy wrote that, 'Access to health care was the great unfinished business of our society,' that is, until today," Speaker Pelosi said.
The House later passed the measure 219-212, with Republicans unanimously opposed.
Immediately following Speaker Pelosi's remarks, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) approached her and gave her a kiss. The son of the late Sen. Kennedy, Patrick recently announced that he would not seek re-election as a U.S. Congressman from Rhode Island.