Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee

7.29.2005

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is announcing he will support legislation expanding embryonic stem cell research.

Bush has vowed to veto the measure citing ethical and moral concerns over the destruction of embryos in obtaining the stem cells. However, Frist said in the speech text that he could reconcile his support for the research with his Christian faith and views that life begins at conception, the Times said.

Congressional aides said First's support should give a huge boost to an already popular bill and give them leverage in negotiations with the White House to avoid a veto.

"Cure today may be just a theory, a hope, a dream," Frist will say in the speech. "But the promise is powerful enough that I believe this research deserves our increased energy and focus. Embryonic stem cell research must be supported."

As I mentioned earlier this week, this legislation has bipartisan support in Congress. If the president wants to veto it, give him the chance to do so and explain himself to the majority of Americans who support this research.

4 Comments:

At 7/29/2005 09:27:00 AM, Blogger cole said...

Hey Scott. I enjoyed your post. I posted this morning and linked your piece. Thought I would let you know that. I was hoping that there had been some polling done on this issue.

 
At 7/29/2005 09:28:00 AM, Blogger cole said...

By the way, the link to my post is here: http://strangethingsafoot.com/?p=316

 
At 7/31/2005 11:22:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, all the different polling I've seen shows that the majority of Americans favor expanding funding of this research. If Bush vetos it, he's really aligning himself with the far right as he did on the Schiavo case. In addition to the war, I think his stance on social issues is what's driving his approval rating continually into the tank.

 
At 8/01/2005 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's going in the tank because people are finally getting the courage to "Mess with Texas".
-Andrew of Ed Fest fame

 

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