Congress Politics

Congress began a more practical look today at the quality of hospice care in one of the more dramatic acts of backpedaling seen in Washington in recent years.

Congress tried to intervene on Palm Sunday with a law to keep Terri Schiavo alive after the brain-damaged Florida woman's feeding tube was removed. Americans showed in polls they disagreed with that effort.

Now Congress is getting away from the noisy right-to-die debate. The focus is on the quality of hospice care and the legal needs of the disabled in America.

Senator Mike Enzi is a Republican from Wyoming. He says Schiavo dramatically brought the issues to the attention of the nation. Enzi is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Senator Edward Kennedy didn't mince words. He said today that Republican leaders abused their positions of power to play politics with Schiavo's life.

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