Rep. Kennedy returns to House in time to vote

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) returned to the Capitol Friday to cast a potentially decisive vote on the climate change bill after spending the last several weeks in rehab for alcohol addiction.

His spokesman confirmed that he will be voting Friday evening. He appeared in the Chamber Friday afternoon.

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“Congressman Kennedy will indeed be voting this afternoon on the bill on the house floor,” Kennedy’s spokesperson said. “He felt it was important for Rhode Island and the nation. He’s wanted to show that he is still involved and engaged in legislation and what’s going on. He felt adamant that he be here for this historic vote.”

Kennedy returned to Washington Friday because he believes that the legislation will create new green energy, his spokesperson told The Hill.

Kennedy checked himself into rehab for a second time June 12 and was not expected to make today’s vote. Republicans were counting on Kennedy’s absence was expected to cancel out the absence of Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) who requested the month of June of so he could seek treat for an alcohol addiction.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will miss the vote due to a family conflict, and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) is in Albania.