WASHINGTON, July 18
After two-days of debate, the Senate plans to vote at 3:45 pm ET on three provisions related to the availability of federal funds for stem cell research.
Mary Tyler Moore and Dr./Sen./Leader Frist hold a 11:15 am ET photo opportunity on stem-cell research.
Senate candidate Claire McCaskill (D-MO) holds a 2:00 pm ET telephonic press conference to discuss the Senate stem-cell research bills.
At 10:00 am ET, Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD) will visit the Montgomery County home of Joshua Basile, an intern in the Congressman's office and a quadriplegic, to discuss the need for additional federal funding to advance embryonic stem cell research.
It's Tuesday, so be on the lookout for those Senate policy luncheons and accompanying stakeouts today, where stem cells are sure to come up.
The timing of everything else (the expected Senate passage of the main provision, additional House action, the expected presidential veto on the main bill, and any attempts to override said veto) remains TBD.
In a Washington Post op-ed, Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist writes: "Even though the president has made it clear that he will veto any bill that changes his policy, I believe that the progress of science and a pro-life position demand that Congress send a message." LINK
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes that President Bush "faces the prospect of casting his first veto this week against embryonic stem cell research, defying the wishes not just of a majority of Americans and their representatives but also of Nancy Reagan and those representing millions of people with Parkinson's disease, diabetes, spinal injuries and the like." LINK
(By "the like," Milbank surely didn't mean "the media.")
In the same newspaper, Abramowitz and Babington write that the President "appears to be reaffirming his bona fides with religious conservatives" by "refusing to budge from his position" on embryonic stem-cell research. LINK
(By "appears," the Post duo surely didn't mean to rule out that the President is doing what he thinks is the morally right thing to do.)
Sen. Schumer (D-Punditocracy) tells the New York Times that the stem cell issue will work to the Democrats' electoral advantage in November. LINK
Rick Klein of the Boston Globe repots that "Bush's veto of a measure that appears to enjoy strong public support will be a deep disappointment to GOP moderates, including some who are facing tight reelection campaigns in a year that Democrats have high hopes for taking control of Congress." LINK
"The Democrats [may] finally find themselves with an issue that helps them, at least in the margins, with swing voters," writes ABC News' Jake Tapper on the President's expected veto of the Senate's stem cell legislation. LINK
Sen. Specter said President Bush may receive a personal lobbying phone call from embryonic stem-cell research advocate (and birthday pal) Nancy Reagan, per the Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook. LINK
In other political news delivered with smooth transition, with Ralph Reed's lieutenant governor bid as the big national story, Georgia holds its primary elections. Polls open at 7:00 am ET, close at 7:00 pm ET. LINK (See more below.)