The good news is that we are still winning or turning the corner or whatever and that we were able to shame enough congressmen including Conrad Burns into increasing the budget for veterans health care.
Temporarily at My Life as a Spam Blog
Ordinarily, approval by both the House and Senate would ensure the language is retained in the final version of the bill. But GOP floor manager Conrad Burns, R-Mont., opposed Boxer's amendment, and as the lead Senate negotiator on the bill he is well-positioned to kill it in future talks with the House.
Burns countered with an amendment, adopted 57-40, allowing human testing to continue but instructing the EPA to study if it's being conducted ethically and whether the benefits outweigh the risks to volunteers.
The EPA is developing rules, slated to be issued by 2006, on the use of human subjects for testing pesticides in the wake of a 2003 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that sided with pesticide manufacturers. The court ruled that the EPA cannot refuse to consider data from manufacturer-sponsored human exposure tests until it develops regulations on it.
Think of it as a very, very expensive campaign commercial.
Great production values.