The Senate Appropriations Committee has fired back against President Bush's veto of increased federal funding for stem cell research by pushing new legislation that would greatly expand the number of cell lines that qualify for government research support. And supporters forecast a blizzard of new legislative moves that will keep this issue front and center in Washington. The Democrats clearly intend to make this a permanent feature of the political landscape, confident that they can leverage broad public support into votes during the 2008 election. President Bush, of course, has made it clear that the presidency won't budge an inch on the issue--at least until January 20, 2009, his last day in office.
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