House Republican leaders are putting their support behind a stem cell research bill that would encourage an alternative to destroying human embryos.
This bill would provide money for stem cell research that uses blood from umbilical cords.
Supporters of embryonic stem cell research say it could lead to cures for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other degenerative brain and nerve diseases.
Opponents say taxpayers should not be forced to pay for such research when many of them believe that the resulting destruction
of the embryo is immoral.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert has agreed to allow a vote on a bill to lift President Bush's ban on the use of federal dollars for research using any new embryonic stem cells lines.
Now that bill is being paired with the one that encourages umbilical cord research.