Hatch pushes for stem-cell bill

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRead Senate GOP's tax bill Senate panel to start tax bill markup on Monday Senate set for clash with House on tax bill MORE (R-Utah) implored his colleagues yesterday to take up a bill that would expand federal funding for research into embryonic stem cells.

Defying President Bush’s veto threat, the House passed a stem-cell research bill Tuesday, 238-194. Hatch, a Mormon and vocal opponent of abortion rights, has co-sponsored companion legislation in the Senate.

“I respect President Bush’s views on this issue,” Hatch said in his statement. “But I know, as a long-standing pro-life Senator, that it is possible to be both anti-abortion and pro-embryonic stem cell research.”

Patrick O’Connor