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Capitol Health Call
August 8, 2007

Stem Cell Veto Redux

JAMA. 2007;298(6):618. doi:10.1001/jama.298.6.618-a

Hopes by scientists and others that the Democratic takeover of both houses of Congress this year would ease passage of a bill allowing federal funding of stem cell research were dashed on June 20 when President George W. Bush vetoed the legislation. The bill, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (S 5 [http://thomas.loc.gov]), was nearly identical to one the president vetoed in 2006.

“Compelling American taxpayers to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos would be a grave mistake,” said Bush in his veto message to the Senate.