Congress is Working Towards Their First Vetoed BillJanuary 9, 2007 - by Donny Shaw
The Democratic majority is planning on introducing and passing bills that they know will never be signed into law. Putting a bill through the entire legislative process takes an enormous amount of time and effort that could otherwise be spent working on bills that have a chance of becoming laws.
A good example of this is a bill to promote embryonic stem cell research that is going to be introduced in the Senate this week. The funny thing about introducing this bill is that they passed this same bill in the 109th Congress, only to see it vetoed by the President. President Bush has already said that he will veto the bill again if he has to. When the President vetoes a bill by not signing it once it has been approved by a majority in Congress, Congress can override his veto by a vote with 2/3 in favor. They weren’t able to get the 2/3rds last time, and analysts and Congresspeople are saying that they won’t be close to 2/3rds this time either.
Democrats are working on this bill again because they know that the majority of Americans support embryonic stem cell research. Putting this issue to the President again drives home their point that the President is at odds with the public. Forcing the President to veto a popular bill like this is a way of making him an active antagonist. They will use this against any 2008 presidential candidate who is against embryonic stem cell research. So, even though the bill they are working on now will not be the one that actually funds stem cell research, it will be an actual strategic step in that direction.