WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a bill Tuesday allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
The vote was 63-37. President Bush has vowed to veto the measure, the first of his five-and-a-half year old administration.
"The simple answer is he thinks murder's wrong," said White House spokesman Tony Snow. "The president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something living and making it dead for the purposes of scientific research."
Snow said the president had issued 141 veto threats during his time in the White House, often against spending increases for domestic programs. None came to fruition after deals were cut with lawmakers to avoid that outcome. This was the first time no deal could be cut, Snow said.
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by Steven Ertelt
July 17, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The White House released an emphatic statement on Monday, as the Senate began its debate on a bill to use taxpayer funds for pay for embryonic stem cell research, saying President Bush will definitely veto the bill because the funds would pay for science that destroys human life.
The Senate is expected to approve the bill with the 60 votes it needs when it votes on the measure Tuesday afternoon. However, whether it has enough votes to overturn a veto is in question.
"If [the legislation] were presented to the president, he would veto the bill,'' the official statement of administration policy said. Officials underlined the sentence in the statement for greater emphasis.
"The bill would compel all American taxpayers to pay for research that relies on the intentional destruction of human embryos for the derivation of stem cells, overturning the president's policy that funds research without promoting such ongoing destruction,'' it said.
The Monday announcement squares with comments a White House spokesman made at the end of last week.
"The legislation crosses an important moral line and if presented with the legislation -- the president would veto" it," Ken Lisaius said Thursday.
The announcement comes after lawmakers sough to put addition pressure on the president not to veto the measure.
White House: President Bush to Veto Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill
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