WASHINGTON, July 16, 2001 ( – Republican Majority Whip Tom DeLay and House majority leader Dick Armey told Newsweek that they would seek to bar funding of destructive embryonic stem cell research even if President Bush opted to drop the ban on the controversial experimentation. “We’ll treat it like federal funding of abortion, putting a ‘Hyde Amendment’ on it,” DeLay says in the July 23 issue of Newsweek, ), referring to the amendment that prevents any federal funding of abortion.

The magazine reports that President Bush met privately with DeLay late last week in the Cabinet Room for a heart-to-heart on the stem-cell issue. “He looked me in the eye and told me he’d do what he thought was right, what his heart believes,” says DeLay. “I think he will,” he added

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