Monday, July 10, 2006

Bush versus science: Rove says president will veto DeGette bill

Bush has not exercised his veto power once but he is apparently willing to veto the stem cell bill, despite the overwhelming public support for stem cell research. - Rove: Bush to veto DeGette bill: "President Bush will likely cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove said today.

'The president is emphatic about this,' Rove - Bush's top political advisor and architect of his 2000 and 2004 campaigns - said in a meeting with the editorial board of The Denver Post.

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed the legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, and Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del. If the Senate approves the bill it would go to the president's desk.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who backs the bill, has said he will try to bring it up for a Senate vote soon."

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