House Passes Stem Cell Bill in Defiance of President Bush
In a challenge to President Bush, the House of Representatives has approved legislation by a vote 238 to 194 to expand federal government funding for research using embryonic stem cells. House action came just days after a new advance in stem cell research in South Korea, which many lawmakers say underscores the need to intensify stem cell research in the United States.
The Senate is expected to pass similar legislation–or, more precisely, to also bury similar legislation in a giant bill. While President Bush opposes this, it is puzzling that this is construed as a “defeat,” since it falls well short of a veto-proof margin.