U.S. faces historic issues filling Kennedy's seat - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

U.S. faces historic issues filling Kennedy's seat

(WFLX) - Across America today, the governor of Massachusetts says he supports the proposal to appoint an interim success to the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

Governor Deval Patrick spoke in Boston today saying the country is facing historic issues. He also set a date of Jan. 19 for a special election to fill the term that will end in 2012.

Kennedy made a plea before he died that state law be changed so that a replacement could be named to fill his seat before the special election is held.

Kennedy's death deprived Democrats of the 60th vote in the 100-seat Senate needed to overcome Republican procedural blocks to legislation such as the health care overhaul.

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