The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which would lift the restriction on new federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, was presented to President George W. Bush on Jun. 12. He has promised to veto the legislation, and it has not received the supermajority needed to override a veto.
The House passed a bill in a vote of 399-17 on May 2. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), would authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010 for the National Science Foundation.
The House passed the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, sponsored by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) on Apr. 24. This bill would prevent insurance companies from denying coverage or raising rates for a person found to have a potential genetic condition or genetic predisposition towards a disease or disorder.
On Apr. 11, the Senate passed the HOPE Act in a vote of 70-28. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), aimed to provide $5 billion over 10 years for stem cell research that does not involve "crossing the ethical line of using taxpayer dollars for the destruction of human embryos."
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act by a vote of 19-2 on Jan. 31. The act would prevent insurance companies from denying coverage or raising rates for a person found to have a potential genetic condition or genetic predisposition towards a disease or disorder.
In a 253-174 vote, The House passed The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 on Jan. 11, which was sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), lifting the restriction on new federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research implemented by President George W. Bush in 2001. Though the bill was passed, it did not reach a veto-proof majority.
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