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Congress Likely to Revive Embryonic Stem-Cell Bill

Posted by thelamp on December 14, 2006

The same human embryonic stem-cell bill that prompted President Bush’s only veto is headed to his desk again, this time from Democrats who have it at the top of their agenda when they take control of Congress in January.

It’s uncertain whether supporters of the measure can muster enough votes to override another veto.

“It may be too soon to begin writing members of the 110th Congress, but it’s not too early to begin praying for those who will soon be sworn into office,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Bible-believing Americans need to ask God to focus the new leadership’s effort on creating policies that will strengthen the nation, not on turning the clock back.”

The bill, which would expand federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research, is supported by those who view biomedical research as a way to speed the search for possible cures for dozens of diseases. It is staunchly opposed by Christians and others who liken the process to abortion since it requires the destruction of human embryos.

One thing is sure: The new leaders of the House and Senate plan to pass the bill within weeks of gaveling open the 110th Congress in January in an attempt to either get the president to sign it or force a presidential veto early in the lame-duck years of his presidency.

House Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi has queued up the bill for passage in the first 100 hours of business. The Senate could act on it before the first month is out.

During the last session of Congress, the bill fell 51 votes short in the House of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, while Senate supporters needed four votes to get to the 67 required. Clearly, the debate over human embryonic stem-cell research is not over. Even though the political climate on Capitol Hill has shifted, God’s vision and instruction for the world has not changed.


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