Massachusetts legislators are deciding whether to change the law to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement.
What's most important to the ailing senator is making sure someone will be in his seat to vote on a healthcare reform bill this year.
A decision on whether the apparently ill terrorist should be released or transferred is expected soon. The Libyan was given a life sentence for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
In a speech Thursday, the Defense secretary reiterated his determination to limit production of the F-22 stealth fighter. But lawmakers of both parties are fighting him.