House Fails to Overide Stem Cell Veto

The House of Representatives today failed to overide Bush's veto of the stem cell research bill. The bill is now dead for the year.

....Within hours of the East Room ceremony, the House hurriedly took up a measure to override the veto, but the vote, 235 to 193, fell 51 short of the two-thirds majority required. Fifty-one Republicans, 183 Democrats and 1 independent voted to override, while 4 Democrats joined 179 Republicans in voting to keep the veto intact.

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    Re: House Fails to Overide Stem Cell Veto (none / 0) (#1)
    by HK on Thu Jul 20, 2006 at 02:27:47 AM EST
    I bet you are really glad that you live in a democratic country and not one of those awful places with a dictator.

    Re: House Fails to Overide Stem Cell Veto (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Jul 20, 2006 at 03:13:03 AM EST
    Thank Yahweh we live in a Republic.

    Re: House Fails to Overide Stem Cell Veto (none / 0) (#3)
    by Aaron on Thu Jul 20, 2006 at 04:03:32 AM EST
    Scientists praise stem cell bill, Expanded funding is needed as existing lines deteriorate, they say [John Lough wants to turn embryonic stem cells into beating heart muscle cells that someday might be transplanted into the damaged hearts of people.] [Clive Svendsen is working to transform embryonic stem cells into engineered cells that can protect and repair the brain cells of people suffering from the neurological disorders amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's disease.] [The big benefit from expanding embryonic stem cell research is that it likely will vastly enhance our understanding of human biology and the causes of diseases, said Joshua Hare, a researcher and professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.] ["The cure for cancer may be locked up in stem cells," he said.] [One argument against expanded federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research is that it is not needed because research on adult stem cells, such as those derived from bone marrow, holds great promise. Hare, who does adult stem cell research on heart disease, calls that argument ridiculous. "The issue is, we need unfettered methods to do our research," Hare said.] [Lanza is expected to soon have research published on a method for creating embryonic stem cell lines without destroying the embryo. The approach involves extracting one cell from an early embryo. However, he said, even if that method proves to be viable, the new legislation needs to be enacted. "We don't want to go into battle with one hand tied behind our back," he said.] Long Fight Has Slowed Progress on Stem Cells [Bush declared that federal money could be used to study embryonic stem cell colonies made only from embryos that had been destroyed by that date. ] [Over the following months, however, it turned out that cells from only a handful of colonies were available for distribution and study. That number has never exceeded 24. Moreover, it became clear that virtually all those colonies had been maintained in culture dishes with blood products from rodents, calling into question their usefulness as medical products because of the risk of animal viruses and other contaminants.] [A few U.S. labs have produced additional cell colonies using private money, but they have complained that the process requires them to waste resources to ensure that those colonies be kept separate from those under study using federal money.] Scientists see value in both embryonic, adult stem cells ["There's no such thing in science as embryonic versus adult stem-cell research," said Dr. Thomas Zwaka, a professor of molecular and cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "We don't see either one as superior. They both have advantages."] ["It's a big step in the wrong direction," Neal Lane, a Rice University professor and former President Bill Clinton's top science adviser, said of the veto. "It's going to do an enormous amount of damage to both American science and medicine and to people with certain illnesses or injuries that one day may be treated with stem cells."]

    Re: House Fails to Overide Stem Cell Veto (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Thu Jul 20, 2006 at 02:27:30 PM EST
    Which 4 democrats???