US Congress Defies Bush With Vote For Stem-Cell Research Funding

Published: May 25, 2005

The US House of Representatives voted to approve federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research despite President George W. Bush saying he will veto such a bill. The measure passed the Republican dominated House by a 238-194 vote, paving the way for a confrontation between Bush and lawmakers in his own party over the controversial measure which divides many Americans. The measure still requires a Senate vote, before heading to Bush's desk. Lawmakers passed the measure, hoping it could allow researchers to develop new treatments for incurable diseases, hours after Bush voiced new opposition to federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research.

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