Bush to use first veto of presidency to prevent life-saving research
Yesterday, the Senate validated the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would increase funding for stem cell research...and President Bush plans to veto it as early as today.
The Act lifts restrictions placed on stem cell research from 2001. Democrats and Republicans alike supported the act, which received a 63-37 vote--only four votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to overthrow a veto.
Tony Snow had this to say to support why Bush will be using the first veto of his presidency:
"The president believes strongly that for the purpose of research, it's inappropriate for the federal government to finance something that many people consider murder. He's one of them."So basically, Bush wanted to do something to rally his uber-conservative base,and the way to do it was by restricting research that could potentially cure countless diseases. However, not all Republicans are behind Bush. Said Sen. Arlen Specter,
"Those lives will not begin, but many other lives will end if we do not use all the scientific resources available."Below is a clip of stem-cell research advocate Sen. John Kerry speaking before the vote.