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Watch Joe Biden's Emotional Return To The Senate

06/12/2016 12:11 PM AEDT
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he is introduced to speak at a reception in honor of the 2015 USO Gala honorees at his residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington October 19, 2015. After months of speculation and deliberation, a decision on a potential Biden presidential bid is reportedly coming within days, according to media reports Monday. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

WASHINGTON ― Vice President Joe Biden made an emotional return to the U.S. Senate on Monday when it voted to rename part of a major piece of legislation for his late son, Beau.

As president of the Senate, Biden presided over the vote on the 21st Century Cures Act, a massive bill that will increase funding for health research. A portion of the bill allocates $1.8 billion toward Biden’s “cancer moonshot” initiative, which he made a priority after Beau died of brain cancer last year.

As a gesture to Biden, their former Senate colleague, Senate leaders dedicated the provision to Beau.

“Doing this for Beau only furthers the effect that this man, the presiding officer, has had on the country,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor. “And I am grateful to the Republican leader for allowing me to co-sponsor this important amendment, changing the name of this bill to the Beau Biden Memorial Moonshot.”

Read more about the 21st Century Cures Act here.

The bill, which also includes funding to combat the opioid epidemic, passed overwhelmingly and now heads to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature.

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Biden speaking to reporters after the Senate vote.

Speaking to reporters after the vote, Biden fielded questions about his future and seemingly left the door open to a presidential run in 2020.

“Yeah, I am,” Biden said. “I’m going to run in 2020.”

“For what?” a reporter asked.

“For president,” he replied. “What the hell, man, anyway.”

When asked to clarify, he backtracked a bit.

“I’m not committing not to run,” he said. “I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening.”

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