Stem Cell Policy: What’s the delay?

February 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Executive Orders, health, House of Representatives, senate | Leave a comment
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Dr. Alexander Fleming, seated in laboratory, holding petri dish, some time between 1941 and 1945.

Dr. Alexander Fleming, seated in laboratory, holding petri dish, some time between 1941 and 1945.


Steve Benen has a post up asking what’s the delay in changing federal stem cell policy. I left this comment in the thread:

i certainly understand there are a lot of people who want federally-funded stem cell research yesterday but i think it very smart of the president to not get involved in a tiding-over executive order.

if he did that, the bill would become a much lower priority. the onus is now on congress to get this done, and the public has been clearly told who to speak to — congress, not the president.

if by 2012 congress had not acted and an executive order was still in place, republicans would use it as a blunt object decrying the president for going over congress’ head and all kinds of other nonsense.

even in the more likely scenario, that congress does pass legislation before 2012, if he were to make an executive order first, the republicans could argue that he forced congress’ hand somehow, or some other idiotic argument.

doing it this way, there can be no accusation of muddying the waters. congress had a bill, bush vetoed it. repass it, obama will sign. end of story. will of the people and all that. no taint of “white house interference.”

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