Colorado Congresswoman to force embryonic stem cell research bill on Bush

.- If President George Bush follows through on his promise and issues a second veto of a measure legalizing public funding of embryonic stem cell research, Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette said she would attach the bill to important legislation the president must sign.

The Colorado Congresswoman said she may amend another bill to include the embryonic stem cell research funding, forcing the president to perhaps veto an otherwise non-controversial measure as a result, reported Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, promised to do the same two weeks ago.

The House of Representatives approved the bill, 253-174, two weeks ago and the Senate is expected to approve it as well. However, the House vote was well short of the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto.

Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of National Right to Life, told that this strategy would not work because Bush would still veto the bill.

Supporters of embryonic stem cell research are hoping the Senate will try to override the veto because it likely has enough votes to do so. If the Senate succeeds at this, they hope it would put more pressure on House members to override the president.


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