The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, or so-called “Endless Frontier Act,” has been lauded as a force against China’s technological dominance, but it’s turning into a giant pile of special-interest pork that increases taxpayer outlays for grotesque medical research that splices the bodies of animals with those of aborted human babies.
After weeks of Senate floor debate and more than 600 proposed amendments, the Senate will vote on the bill, first introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Todd Young, R-In., this Tuesday. Growing concern from Senate Republicans over its ethical and practical effectiveness and its $250 billion spending surge has undercut support for the bill.
The bill’s purpose has been watered down by special interest groups undergoing a feeding frenzy on a rare bill that seems likely to pass a narrowly divided Congress.
“Everyone knows this thing is going to pass, so every lobbyist wants to add everything they can,” Rep. Ro Khanna told Politico.
Congress has approved 215 amendments to the bill. Young even agreed the legislation was a magnet for special interests, but Senate Republicans seem poised to pass it anyway.
In May, Senate Republicans proposed an amendment that would prohibit the use or development of human-animal chimera, The Federalist reported. Chimera are essentially human-animal hybrids Frankensteined together in labs.
Under this bill, the scandal-plagued National Institute of Health (NIH) would receive billions of dollars for relatively unprotected research. According to guidelines that the NIH will most likely adopt, set by the International Society for Stem Cell Research, “in vitro culture of chimeric embryos (human cells into non- human embryos),” is permitted and allowed, and such research is “reportable, but not typically reviewed by a specialized oversight process.”
CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance issued a statement renouncing the legislation on Friday, calling for a heightened awareness of ethical research practices and more responsible policy measures.
“Enabling [chimera] research to go unchecked raises severe ethical concerns,” Nance wrote. “The dignity of human life at every stage of development must be respected and protected. There is nothing in this bill to
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