Wednesday, December 19, 2007

GINA? Not in the omnibus.

In a recent email to the Genetic Alliance listserv, Sharon F. Terry (President and CEO, Genetic Alliance) announced that the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (S.358) "is not included in the omnibus bill that will come out of the rules committee tonight [Dec. 16] in the House". Terry adds that the House "is worried about a veto from the President, and wants the omnibus to be as noncontroversial as possible".

Two versions of the omnibus, H.R. 2764: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008, have now passed in both the House and the Senate. Before sending the bill to the President, a conference committee of senators and representatives will work to justify differences in the versions. - J.O.

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