July 11, 2003
The House yesterday handed a narrow defeat (212-210) to conservatives who sought to forbid the National Institutes of Health from funding four sexual health research projects.
The vote derailed an effort by Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to block the grants, expected to total $1.4 million, for next year. "I ask my colleagues, who thinks this stuff up?" Toomey said. "These are not worthy ... of taxpayer funds." Toomey is challenging moderate Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) for the GOPs Senate nomination next year.
Opponents said lawmakers would set a dangerous precedent by killing the projects. "We have no business making political judgments on these issues," said Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.).
According to Toomeys office, the grants and their estimated costs are:
07.11.2003; Alan Fram