Will the stem cell rider be the flash point?
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This could be the issue that ends the peace and tranquility that has characterized the first three months of the Straus speakership. The Ogden rider is not in the House bill, but it is likely that the conservatives will offer the identical language as a floor amendment to the House committee substitute. Pitts will oppose it. If the amendment passes, it will be in both bills and will become part of the conference committee report. I believe that if it comes to a vote, it will fail. Gone but not forgotten: The vote will be recorded on the scorecards of the pro-lifers and will reemerge as an issue in the 2010 Republican primary.