Friday, March 13, 2009

Thanks for not reading

I wasn't happy with Congress for not reading the porkulus bill but I'm all smiles this time. Seems the Omnibus Spending Bill could have used a good reading too. From CNS news (via

On Wednesday, only two days after he lifted President Bush’s executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos, President Barack Obama signed a law that explicilty bans federal funding of any "research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death."
According to the article this is now the law of the land until Sept. 30th when the fiscal year ends.

Just about the time I was thinking no one was in charge in Washington DC it turns out God, himself, has got his hands on the wheel.


Kate said...

LOL That is absolutely priceless!

Oh, btw, like the new set up. :)

N.S. Allen said...

I was going to say that such a mistake is unforgivably ridiculous.

But, then, I took five seconds to Google the amendment in question and found out that the Obama administration explicitly said, before he signed his executive order, that it didn't intend to force a legislative fight on overturning Dickey-Wicker.

So, the "no one remembered it was in the bill, so it passed with it" bit implied here is entirely false. The vote on the omnibus bill was just so close to begin with that no one wanted to risk a clash over a sadly tangential matter.

Which is just as unfortunate, of course, for stem cell research...but there's no reason to embellish it with silly, untrue stories.