Monday, July 25, 2005

Attempts to sneak through embryonic stem cell research legislation

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advocates Threaten Senate Amendment
Because it appears members of the Senate will not arrive at an agreement on which of several bills dealing with stem cell research to bring up, one senator says he's going to find an alternative way to make taxpayers pay for embryonic stem cell research.
Senator Arlen Specter says he will attach his bill to strike down President Bush's limits of funding the unproven research to other legislation.
'I don't like to put it on an appropriations bill, but we waited long enough,' a frustrated Specter told reporters Friday. The strategy, he said, is a 'fallback position which I have avoided up until now.'
Specter indicated he would attach the embryonic stem cell research funding bill, which cleared the House without a veto-proof vote, to the Labor-Health and Human Services 2006 appropriations bill. The Senate is scheduled to debate that measure after its August recess.