JANUARY 12, 2007 - Posted at 8:09 a.m. CST
CAPITOL HILL - Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson joined Missouri's four Democrats in voting for a U.S. House bill to increase federal support for embryonic stem cell research.
The other four Republicans in Missouri's House delegation voted against the bill, which passed on a 253-to-174 vote.
President Bush has promised to veto it.
The research typically involves the destruction of frozen embryos created in vitro fertilization.
It's opposed by anti-abortion lawmakers and supporters who believe their taxes should not pay for such research.
Proponents say it's done on embryos that would otherwise by discarded from fertility clinics anyway.