House OKs Stem Cell Bill; Veto Expected

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2007 5:36 PM CDT
Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., left, and others, listen as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., seated, right, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., seated, left, talks to reporters...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The House approved the stem cell bill today by a wide but not veto-proof margin, sending the legislation to the White House to await rejection by President Bush. The bipartisan bill, which loosens restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, passed the Senate in April and sailed through the House by a 247 to 176 vote.

Bush described the bill as a "grave mistake," and the Democrats are already attempting to recruit enough votes for an override. The president exercised his first veto ever on last year's version of the bill; this time around, the fight will begin in the Senate, where the margin in April was within one vote of the 64 needed to override.