The House of Representatives is flying its new colours. Yesterday, a new bill was passed to grant federal funding for stem-cell research by 253-174. Last year, the then-republican House passed a similar bill, only to have it overruled by George W. Bush’s only veto during his presidency. As he will most likely do again, since the margin is still not wide enough to prevent a veto.
So why bother? Politics. Polls show that the public is largely in favour of stem-cell research, and the Democrats are obviously looking to cash in on that. With this bill, they’re trying to establish themselves as the forward-looking party in touch with the people’s wishes. The President, meanwhile, faces the tough call of either reverting on his former position or going against public opinion. He will opt for the latter.
Even so, it’s a step in the right direction. Keep on trying, dems.