Fifty-eight senators from both parties have joined 206 colleagues from
the House of Representatives to ask President Bush to remove limits on federal
funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Their letter reached Bush the day before the death of former President
Ronald Reagan from Alzheimer disease. Reagan's widow, Nancy, is an outspoken
proponent of embryonic stem cell research, and medical advocacy groups sought
to capitalize on her support to pressure Bush into relaxing federal restrictions.
White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said that the national outpouring of
support for Nancy Reagan following her husband's death had not changed the
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