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  • 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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