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The Override Vote

The proponents of federal funding for embryo-destructive research didn’t come close to getting the 2/3ds vote they needed in the House. The vote was 235-193 to override the veto. Fifty-one Republicans voted for an override, while 14 Democrats voted against it. Three Republicans flipped from the anti-funding to the pro-funding side. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania and Dave Reichert of Washington voted against the bill last year, but voted to override Bush’s veto of it today. And Brian Bilbray, who told pro-lifers that he supported the president’s policy during his campaign just a few weeks ago, voted for the override too. 

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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