Monday, May 16, 2005

Stem Cell Enhancement Act of 2005 to be brought up for a vote soon

Apparently the OU's letter to House reps. I wrote of yesterday is just on time, according to an article in the current issue of Time Magazine. Due to my extreme fatigue as a result of my very tiring weekend and having to study for finals and work on papers/presentations that are due within the next few days, I totally didn't realize that a bill co-sponsored by 199 representatives (and counting) is about half of the membership of the House and that 58 senators means it's just two short of being filibuster-proof. Well, at least as long as we still have filibusters in the world's greatest deliberative body. Anyway, Time says that Speaker Hastert has promised to bring it up for a vote, possibly as early as next week, and it seems likely that it will pass with ease. Further, with 58 co-sponsors to the Republican-sponsored bill means that it almost definitely will end up on the desk of the Oval Office. The only question is whether President Bush will use his first veto of his presidency on the bill or acquiesce to the voice of the legislative branch and finally revise his position on the matter to one that's more in line with the opinion of the American people that voted him into a second term in the White House.

What is most unsurprising yet somewhat disturbing is the second sentence of the second-to-last paragraph of the article. However, just before I clicked the "publish post" icon, I read in Congressional Quarterly that The Hammer has reportedly promised to bring the bill up for a vote before the August recess.


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