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1852Bush casts first veto to block stem cell bill

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  • Ram Lau
    Jul 19, 2006
      Bush casts first veto to block stem cell bill

      1 hour, 39 minutes ago

      President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he used his first veto to
      block legislation expanding embryonic stem cell research, putting him
      at odds with top scientists, most Americans and some in his own
      Republican Party.

      "It crosses a moral boundary," Bush said.

      Bush acted after the U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the legislation,
      which has also been passed by the House of Representatives. But
      neither chamber expects to have the two-thirds majority needed to
      override the veto.

      In 2001, Bush allowed scientists to use 78 stem-cell lines then in
      existence, most of which proved unsuitable for research. But he
      opposes expanded federally-funded research because it entails
      destruction of human embryos.