What's happening in U.S. Senate?

On May 26, just after the House vote passing the stem cell bill (H.B. 810), Senate leaders called for "a swift vote in the Senate on legislation to expand federal support of embryonic stem cell research."  Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid urged an "up-or-down vote" -- one with no amendments allowed.

But, nothing seems to be happening. The Senate bill (S 471) is identical to the one passed in the House on May 25. Following two readings on February 25 and referral to committee, the bill has not appeared on any committee or Senate calendars. Is this intentional or does the Senate have so much other business to attend to it has no time for this controversial issue?

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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