TRAIL BLAZERS Blog | The Dallas Morning News

senateSenate to kick embryonic stem cell fight to budget conferees

1:29 PM Wed, Apr 01, 2009

CAPITOL ALMANAC.JPGThe Senate decided to punt the embryonic stem cell research controversy to House-Senate budget negotiators, according to Sen. Kip Averitt, R-Waco.

In their lunchtime huddle behind closed doors, senators decided not to try to rewrite today the embryonic stem cell research funding ban, Averitt said. As passed by the Finance Committee, 6-5, last week, the provision bars using funds in the budget for research that involves destruction of human embryos. Averitt said had he been present last week, he would have voted against and the provision would have died on a tie vote — assuming Ogden couldn’t find another “aye” vote.

Also being sent on to conferees, and not fixed on the floor today: A provision that would expand a managed care approach in Medicaid, to rural areas. It supposedly would save the state $7 million but would cost safety net hospitals in rural Texas as much as $200 million in federal matching funds for hospitals treating a lot of poor, uninsured people.

via TRAIL BLAZERS Blog | The Dallas Morning News.

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