I guess a good argument could be made that the Senate does have a great deal going on, but I would rather have this debate sooner rather than later:
A Senate debate over whether to ease federal restrictions on stem cell research will be put off until next year, an influential senator seeking to relax the rules said Friday.
The lawmaker, Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania and chairman of a subcommittee that oversees spending on health issues, said the majority leader, Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, had agreed to make consideration of a measure governing stem cell research a priority when Congress reconvenes in 2006.
That pledge led Mr. Specter to drop his threat to use a health spending bill to try to lift the ban on federal financing of stem cell research involving destruction of human embryos.
“It would be a logical spot to remove it,” Mr. Specter said of his previous plan, “but it would cause a multifaceted controversy” at a time when the Senate has an abundance of other issues to deal with.
When I say debate, I actually mean fight, because there is no debate for me. A stem cell is not a person, it is not murder, and it is not immoral or amoral to use them. People who make the claim that conducting research on a stem cell that will otherwise be destroyed or discarded is akin to taking a human life have, IMHO, queered this debate so needlessly that it is pointless to even attempt to reason with them. Besides- they only understand brute political force, which is what they are trying to use to impose their moral code on the rest of us, so why ‘debate’ them?